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Accident description
Last updated: 27 March 2015
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)
Departure airport:Guam-Agana NAS (NGM), Guam
Destination airport:Iwo Jima Air Base (IWO/RJAW), Japan

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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 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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