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Last updated: 27 November 2015
Date:Friday 12 October 1945
Time:ca 11:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 44-78591
C/n / msn: 22414
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 55 / Occupants: 55
Total:Fatalities: 59 / Occupants: 59
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:25 km (15.6 mls) WNW Beijing-Nanyuan Airport (NAY) (   China)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Hankou, China
Destination airport:Beijing-Nanyuan Airport (NAY), China
The Curtiss Commando operated on flight from Hankou, now part of Wuhan, to Beijing. It carried 55 Chinese soldiers. Visibility near Beijing was poor due to an overcast of about 300 feet. Because of a lack of radio beacons near Beijing's Nanyuan Airport, the crew used a commercial broadcasting station as a navigational aid. The antenna was located some 25 km WNW of the field and the top was at a height of 1000 feet above airfield elevation. On approach the airplane struck the antenna and crashed.

Low visibility

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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