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Last updated: 22 June 2018
Datum:Donnerstag 21 August 1947
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46E-1-CS Commando
Fluggesellschaft:Slick Airways
Kennzeichen: NC59488
Werknummer: 2935
Baujahr: 1945
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 1
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Hanksville, UT (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Denver (unknown airport), CO, USA
Flug nach:Los Angeles Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), USA
The Curtiss C-46 entered an area of severe thunderstorms and high cumulus clouds near Hanksville. The altitude was too low to clear the terrain ahead, causing the plane to crash against the side of the canyon wall of Blue Bell Knoll Mountain at an altitude of approximately 10,000 feet.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The continuation of the flight into instrument weather conditions over mountainous terrain at an altitude too low to clear the mountains en route."

» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 46)
» CAB File No. 1-0067


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