West Coast Airlines Flight 956

West Coast Airlines Flight 956Saturday October 1, 1966
The plane crashed into Salmon Mountain while on approach to Portland. The pilots evidently had agreed to maintain 9,000 feet, but descended instead. The aircraft hit the mountain at the 3,830-foot level of a 4,090-foot ridge. The crew's descent below its clearance limit and below that of surrounding obstructing terrain for reasons unknown. First crash of a DC-9.

Crash Details

DateSaturday October 1, 1966
LocationNear Wemme, Oregon
Passengers13
Crew5
Fatalities18
Survivors0
Aircraft TypeMcDonnell Douglas DC-9-14
OperatorWest Coast Airlines
RegistrationN9101
Flight OriginEugene
Flight Destination Portland
Near Wemme, Oregon
West Coast Airlines
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-14
1966