Accident
Last updated: 2 October 2014
Status:Definitief
Datum:zondag 9 oktober 1949
Tijd:17:54
Type:Curtiss C-46E-1-CS Commando
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Slick Airways
Registratie: NC59485
Constructienummer: 2939
Bouwjaar: 1945
Aantal vlieguren:8585
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-75
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 2 / inzittenden: 2
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 1
Totaal:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:4 km (2.5 mijl) NW of Cheyenne, WY (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Vracht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Las Vegas-McCarran Field, NV (LAS/KLAS), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Denver (unknown airport), CO, Verenigde Staten
Vluchtnummer:11-8
Beschrijving:
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."

Bronnen:
» CAB File No. 1-0100


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