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Accident description
Last updated: 30 November 2015
Date:Thursday 14 June 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-15-CU Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 44-77948
C/n / msn: 33344
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 18
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:8,5 km (5.3 mls) SE of Oakridge, MS (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Dallas (unknown airport), TX, United States of America
Destination airport:Jackson Municipal Airport, MS (JAN/KJAN), United States of America
The C-46 transport plane departed Dallas on a passenger flight to Jackson. It was flying at an altitude of 3000 feet when the wing was struck by lightning. The crew could not maintain altitude and the airplane crashed into a wooded area.

Loss of control

» 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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