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Accident Report Detail

​Angels Flight Railway Derailment

Executive Summary

​On September 5, 2013, about 11:30 a.m. pacific daylight time, an Angels Flight Railway (Angels Flight) car that was moving down the incline derailed near the middle of the guideway.1 One passenger was onboard the derailed car, and five passengers were onboard the stalled car that had been moving up the incline. The temperature was 93°F,and the weather was clear. No passengers were injured.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause of the September 5, 2013, accident was the intentional bypass of the funicular safety system with Angels Flight management knowledge; and Angels Flight management continuation of revenue operations despite prolonged, and repeated, unidentified system safety shutdowns.

Accident Location: Los Angeles , CA USA  
Accident Date: 9/5/2013
Accident ID: DCA13FR011

Date Adopted: 6/23/2014
NTSB Number: RAB1402
NTIS Number:  

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