It's mentioned on that site that those photos were taken before the area was posted closed to off-trail access. Unless you want to increase MidPen's ire against bikers I suggest we refrain from posting recent photos taken off-trail. And especially one of wreckage in-hand!
I went looking for (and found) "the tree" before I realized the area was posted off limits (never bothered reading the kiosk before hiking). FWIW based on the evidence that the landing gear was down and locked and the DC-6 had 15 degrees of flaps out for approach the passengers and crew had about 12 seconds to think about their fate between first hitting the trees and the impact.
I wouldn't say 12 seconds is "quick"...
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From previous things I'd read about the crash, I had thought it happened in the dark. I see from the report it was 8:40 in the morning, but in dense fog and they were flying instruments. I'm thinking they may never have seen it coming.
Resolution (Skeggs). Part of the plane still there.....
Oh they knew. The pilots thought they were descending over water. The DC6 approach speed is 120 knots. They were likely descending around 500 feet per minute. They impacted terrain due to a loss of SA (situational awareness) they thought they were someplace they were not.
120 knots and 500 fpm is mello by todays aviation standards. I'm sure the people in back had a keen awareness of something being horribly wrong all before they were either crushed or doused in av gas and burned alive.
Most people probably head down Resolution but today I did a silly ride from Purisma down and then back up to Tunitas Rd, then Star Hill to Skeggs, mostly uphill through Skeggs and eventually back on Skyline to where I parked at Purisma. Anyway coming up Resolution, it's easy to see a bunch of riveted aluminum wreckage and other parts right off the trail, it's right there to see... Any other time if you were heading down, you probably wouldn't see it though...
A lot of the wreckage sits on a hillside and eventually works it's way downhill, out of sight from the trail. Every now and then when I ride by, it looks like some of the pieces have been brought back up the hill. While I agree with "look but don't touch" I think I'm OK with a small amount of effort made to keep memories of the crash visible from the trail.