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Accident description
Last updated: 22 November 2017
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Date:Saturday 7 April 1945
Time:13:48
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-55-CK Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-47187
C/n / msn: 258
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) SW of Lawrenceville-George AAF, IL (LWV) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Lawrenceville-George AAF, IL (LWV/KLWV), United States of America
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The transport plane entered a dive from a height of about 400 feet after takeoff from runway 23 and crashed. It appeared that the elevator gust locks were still in place.

Classification:
Locked rudders/ailerons/gustlock
Loss of control

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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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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