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Last updated: 14 November 2018
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Date:Sunday 23 July 1950
Time:10:22
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 44-77577
C/n / msn: 32973
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 35
Total:Fatalities: 39 / Occupants: 39
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) W of Myrtle Beach, SC (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Myrtle Beach AFB, SC (MYR/KMYR), United States of America
Destination airport:Nashville Metropolitan Airport, TN (BNA/KBNA), United States of America
Narrative:
The left aileron detached after takeoff. The aircraft lost control at an altitude of about 1000-2000 feet. Both wings failed and the airplane crashed.
Investigation revealed that the centre section of the left aileron had torn loose, causing the entire aileron to separate.

Classification:

Loss of control

Sources:
» Military aviation disasters : significant losses since 1908 / D. Gero, 1999


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Distance from Myrtle Beach AFB, SC to Nashville Metropolitan Airport, TN as the crow flies is 752 km (470 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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Curtiss C-46

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