Accident description
Last updated: 20 April 2014
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 29 December 1951
Time:22:25
Type:Curtiss C-46A-50-CU Commando
Operator:Continental Charters
Registration: N3944C
C/n / msn: 30466
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 36
Total:Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 40
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Salamanca, NY (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Pittsburgh (unknown airport), PA, United States of America
Destination airport:Buffalo Airport, NY, United States of America
Flightnumber: 44-2
Narrative:
Despite the instrument weather conditions, Flight 44-2 departed Pittsburgh at 21:47 on a VFR flight plan. The crew flew at a low altitude in order to maintain visual reference. Near Little Valley, NY the aircraft flew into a wooded area on a hill, some 15 miles off the direct route to Buffalo.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain's poor judgement in attempting a flight by visual reference during instrument weather conditions."

Sources:
» CAB File No. 1-0101


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