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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Date:Thursday 26 October 1944
Time:06:03
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-45-CU Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-96716
C/n / msn: 30378
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Reno AAB, NV (   United States of America)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Reno AAB, NV, United States of America
Destination airport:Reno AAB, NV, United States of America
Narrative:
Two Curtiss C-46 transport planes (42-96716 and 41-12357) were destroyed following a mid-air collision over Reno Army Air Base. Both aircraft were operating on a training flight. The crew of 42-96716 were following the prescribed instrument let down when the airplane was struck by 41-12357.

Sources:
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 3: August 1944-December 1945 / Anthony J. Mireles


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