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Accident description
Last updated: 9 October 2015
Date:Friday 18 February 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-10-CU Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 41-12339
C/n / msn: 26466
First flight:
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:American River Canyon, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Sacramento-McClellan AFB, CA (MCC/KMCC), United States of America
Destination airport:Reno AAB, NV, United States of America
The C-46 departed McClellan Field at 00:45 on a flight to Reno. Some 15 minutes after takeoff arcing wiring ignited hydraulic fluid. The fire burned though oxygen lines and de-icer lines. All crew members bailed out, but two died when exiting the plane.


Loss of control

» 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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