Thanks to the search efforts of Lewis Shorb
I was finally able to visit the crash site of American Airlines DC-3
NC16017 "Connecticut" that crashed on 10/23/42 following a mid-air
collision with a USAAF Lockheed B-34 near Palm Springs, California.
Tragically all twelve passengers and crew of NC16017 died, but the B-34
limped into Palm Springs Airport to make a safe landing. The Army B-34
pilot was attempting to say "hello" to the AAL Captain, whom he knew, when
he got too close. (G. P. Macha photo)
Wreckage from DC-3 N16017 still litters the
boulder strewn mountainside where it crashed on 10/23/42. About 1% of the
aircraft remains today. Many of the DC-3 parts show evidence of fire that
consumed it on impact, however parts associated with the tail assembly
still exhibit the orange trim paint used by American Airlines today. (G.
P. Macha photo)