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Crashed Four Times

Electra 1084 was delivered to Westchester Airplane Sales Co., on March 3, 1937, registration NC16058; later that same year it was sold to Hanford Airlines. On December 4, 1937, the aircraft crashed and was repaired before being returned to Hanford Airlines, which changed its name to Mid-Continent Airlines in 1938. The Electra continued to fly for Mid-Continent until June 11, 1941, when attempting a landing in Sioux City, Iowa, the plane overran the runway in a heavy rain shower before hitting a fence and ending up in a field. None of the occupants were injured and the aircraft was repaired. A year later, in June 1942, the aircraft was acquired by the USAAF and registered 42-56640, listed as ex-NC1084. After serving just over two years 42-56640 was returned to commercial use on July 23, 1944, and re-registered NC16058 after being sold to Roy Patterson Flying Services. It was then sold to TACA Airlines and registered in the beginning as TI-70. In 1946 while taking off from San Jose, Costa Rica, a tire burst, following repairs, the plane was re-registered XH-TAT; however, on March 7, 1946, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair in Rio Cuarto, Argentina.

The Kansas City Star, Monday, Aug. 17, 1936

The Minneapolis Star, Mon. Aug. 15, 1938


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