Accident description
Last updated: 18 December 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 16 November 1946
Type:Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 44-78691
C/n / msn: 22514
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 23
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:24 km (15 mls) off Iwo Jima Air Base (IWO), Japan (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Guam-Agana NAS (NGM), Guam
Destination airport:Iwo Jima Air Base (IWO/RJAW), Japan
Narrative:
Crashed.

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Chicago Tribune


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Distance from Guam-Agana NAS to Iwo Jima Air Base as the crow flies is 1301 km (813 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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