Date: April 20, 1953
Time: 2308
Location: San Francisco Bay, California
Operator: Western Airlines
Flight #: 636
Route: Los Angeles - San Francisco - Oakland
AC Type: Douglas DC-6B
Registration: N91303
cn / ln: 43823
Aboard: 10   (passengers:5  crew:5)
Fatalities: 8   (passengers:4  crew:4)
Ground: 0
Summary: The aircraft descended below minimum altitude and crashed into the sea. The pilot's action in continuing a descent below the 500 ft. prescribed minimum altitude until the aircraft struck the water. A probable contributing factor to the aircraft striking the water was the sensory illusion experienced by the pilots.

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