Date: March 20, 1953
Time: 1838
Location: Alvarado, California
Operator: Transocean Air Lines
Flight #: 942
Route: Roswell - Oakland - Guam
AC Type: Douglas DC-4 (C-54-10-DO)
Registration: N88942
cn / ln: 36076
Aboard: 35   (passengers:30  crew:5)
Fatalities: 35   (passengers:30  crew:5)
Ground: 0
Summary: The aircraft crashed into a flat barley field and burned. The aircraft first struck the ground with its right wing tip in a near vertical position, cartwheeled and disintegrated. All 30 passengers were maintenance personnel from the 509th Bomb Wing, noted for dropping the atomic bombs on Japan. Accumulation of ice on the surfaces of the aircraft in sufficient magnitude to have caused loss of control. Official cause of loss of control unknown.

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