Frontier Airlines DC3 Crash

DC-3 CRASH IN 1957

The CAB Accident Investigation Report was released April 8, 1958.

Read the pilot's report on the incident and his supervisor's comments. Thanks to Ken Schultz for sending this report.

Check out efforts to retrieve the wingtip after nearly 50 years. Thanks to Billy Walker, Ron Rosenhahn and all the others involved in this project.

Captain Dale Welling and First Officer Burt Wrasse piloted the aircraft to a safe landing at Phoenix. Donna Bailey was the flight attendant.

The aircraft involved in this incident, N65276, was called by pilots the "Suicide 3". It was in three confirmed serious accidents - the last fatal. On December 21, 1967 it crashed and burned at Denver, killing Capt. Rocky Crane and FO Rick Cochran. It was being used as a freighter that day.

Billy Walker sent an UPDATE on July 21,2014.

I recall that incident clearly. I was working for Airesearch as a Rem-Rand tabulating operator housed in the old main terminal building. The DC-3 was parked just outside the building prompting me to pull a cactus thorn out of the de-icer on the left wing. I taped it to a piece of light cardboard retaining it for years, but since lost track of it. I had a taste for history, but was a lousy caretaker. Too bad as it would have been a great artifact.
-Tom Alexander

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