AIR CRASH KILLS 10 IN UTAH MOUNTAINS
SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 4 - A
United Air Lines plane, lost in a
blinding snowstorm, crashed into
the side of Bountiful Peak, in t he
Wasatch Mountains, today, killing
its ten occupants.
S. V. Hall, vice president of the
lines, in charge of western operations,
" I t looks very much as if the accident
was caused by a failure of the
range or radio beam.
"Our trip No. 11 reported that the
range had irregularities at 5:36
A.M." (Mountain standard time).
Mr. Hall said that the range was
reported "O. K . " a t 4:24 A. M., but
that it evidently failed about the
time the San Francisco to Salt Lake
City plane, piloted by Captain Howard
Fey of Oakland, approached
Salt Lake City.
All indications were that the pilots
had no forewarning of their
danger. The passengers' safety
belts apparently were not fastened.
Although the wheels were torn
away, evidence was that the landing
gear was retracted at the time
of the accident.
The airplane's chronometer, the only
instrument to show any kind of a
reading after the accident, was
stopped at 3:39. This was believed
to establish definitely the time of
the crash, with the probability that
it was set for Pacific standard time,
an hour earlier than Mountain time.
The transport radioed about 4:40
A. M. that it was 8,000 feet over
Layton, twenty-five miles north of
Salt Lake City, and was heading
for the airport here.
Further efforts to find the plane
Nov. 5, 1940 edition of "The New York Times"