Piedmont Airlines Flight 349

Piedmont Airlines Flight 349Friday October 30, 1959
Crashed into Bucks Elbow Mountain during an ILS approach to Charlottesville Airport. Navigational omission resulting in an off course approach. It took thirty-six hours before the lone survivor was rescued. A navigational omission which resulted in a lateral course error that was not detected and corrected through precision instrument flying procedures. A contributing factor to the accident may have been pre-occupation of the captain resulting from mental stress.

Crash Details

DateFriday October 30, 1959
LocationWaynesborough, Virginia
Passengers24
Crew3
Fatalities26
Survivors1
Aircraft TypeDouglas DC-3
OperatorPiedmont Airlines
RegistrationN55V
Flight OriginWashington DC
Flight Destination Charlottsville, VA
Waynesborough, Virginia
Piedmont Airlines
Douglas DC-3
1959