Transcribed from The Montreal Gazette, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 1, 1947, p. 1:

Alaska Crash Site Reached

Ground Party Finds All Dead in DC 4 on Mountain

 

Ketchikan, Alaska, Oct. 31 — (AP) — A United States Coast Guard ground party this afternoon reached the sight of the Pan American World Airways airliner crash on an Annette Island mountainside and reported there was no sign of life. The plane carried 18 persons when it crashed Sunday.

Aviation charts showing Tamgas Mountain on Annette Island to be 3.610 feet high were blamed for the crash of the Pan-American DC-4.

Newspapermen flying in the area said that when their plan approached the level of the DC-4’s wreckage, the altimeter showed 3,400 feet — and the peak loomed several hundred feet higher. The mountain apparently is 4,000 or 4,100 feet high.

Pilots said several peaks in Southeastern Alaska are improperly marked on charts.

The smashed, partially burned wreckage of the plane which vanished on a Seattle-Juneau flight was sighted from the air this morning as clouds rolled back for the first time in six days from 3,600-foot snow-capped Mount Tamgas. The four-engined plane struck within 200 feet of the peak, highest on the island off the rugged Southeastern Alaska coast.

The Coast Guard party, one of several which set out for the scene today, reported the last 200 feet of the climb was extremely difficult. A Coast Guard plane was to drop ropes and sleeping bags to the party.

Pan American search leaders reported no sign of life at the spot where the plane apparently was imbedded in snow. It carried five crew members and 13 passengers, including an infant.

After flying over the wreckage, Wesley Monsen, son of the pilot on the ill-fated airliner, said “apparently all had been killed instantly.”

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