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Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Datum:Sonntag 8 August 1943
Zeit:19:58
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-10-CU Commando
Fluggesellschaft:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Kennzeichen: 41-12343
Werknummer: 26470
Baujahr: 1943
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 2
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 5
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Homestead AAF, FL (HST) (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Militär
Flug von:Homestead AAF, FL (HST/KHST), USA
Flug nach:Homestead AAF, FL (HST/KHST), USA
Unfallbericht:
About 19:50, the C-46 took off from Homestead AAF on a local test flight. Several minutes after takeoff the no. 1 engine caught fire. One of the passengers bailed out as the pilot attempted to return to the airport.
An explosion occurred and the airplane crashed.
It appeared that a leaking or broken fuel line in or adjacent to the wheel well permitted the accumulation of gasoline and fumes within the left wheel well, left center section and left wing. The fumes were ignited by the engine exhaust.

Informationsquelle:
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 2: July 1943-July 1944 / Anthony J. Mireles


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