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Accident description
Last updated: 15 December 2017
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Date:Friday 22 September 1944
Time:15:50 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-40-CU Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-107360
C/n / msn: 27047
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 34
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Bahrain (   Bahrain)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Bahrain-Muhurraq RAF Station, Bahrain
Destination airport:Karachi (unknown airport), Pakistan
Narrative:
The C-46A transport plane had arrived at Bahrain from Habbaniya. It refueled and planned to continue to Karachi.
Upon takeoff the airplane reached a height of 800 feet. It then fell off to the left and crashed into the sea.

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