Accident description
Last updated: 18 April 2014
Status:
Date:Sunday 20 February 1944
Time:12:00
Type:Curtiss C-46A-10-CU Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 41-12363
C/n / msn: 26490
First flight:
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:32 km (20 mls) SE of Palmdale, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Long Beach Municipal Airport, CA (LGB/KLGB), United States of America
Narrative:
The C-46 took off from Wickenburg, AZ at 07:43 on a training flight. The crew were performing an instrument let down to Long Beach when it flew into the side of Pallet Mountain at an altitude of 7300 feet. The wreckage was found on February 26, 1944.

Events:

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Plane wreck is located (Nevada State Journal, 1944-02-27)
» Aircraft Wrecks in the Mountains and Deserts of the American West
» 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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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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