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Accident description
Last updated: 5 October 2015
Date:Sunday 9 October 1949
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46E-1-CS Commando
Operator:Slick Airways
Registration: NC59485
C/n / msn: 2939
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hrs:8585
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-75
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:4 km (2.5 mls) NW of Cheyenne Airport, WY (CYS) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Las Vegas-McCarran Field, NV (LAS/KLAS), United States of America
Destination airport:Denver (unknown airport), CO, United States of America
Arriving near Denver, visibility and ceiling were below company minimums, so the aircraft was cleared for the revised alternate Rock Springs, with permission to land at Laramie. Near Laramie, the crew decided to continue on to Cheyenne which then had 3500 feet ceiling and lower broken clouds, visibility 20 miles. By the time the aircraft was over the Cheyenne range, the ceiling was 900 feet with sleet. The aircraft was cleared to descend from FL140 to FL080. Severe turbulence as then encountered, including severe icing. The Curtiss C-46 lost control on approach and crashed just 2,5 miles short of the airport.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Loss of control of the aircraft during an instrument approach to Cheyenne, under conditions of heavy icing and severe turbulence."

Loss of control

» CAB File No. 1-0100


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