Narrative:The aircraft arrived at Cheyenne, Wyoming at 00:38 on a Civil Air Movement flight from New York International Airport. The aircraft departed Cheyenne at 01:32, on an instrument flight plan to Chicago at 7,000 feet. The C-46 progressed uneventfully until it reached Omaha. The pilot contacted Omaha INSAC and requested a change of altitude to 3,000 feet. This was denied because another flight proceeded at 2,600 feet between Des Moines and Omaha. The aircraft flew then into a severe thunderstorm in the vicinity of Des Moines. The aircraft lost control and subsequently the right wing panel failed at the attach angles to the center section due to a strong downward force which exceeded the design strength of the wing. The wing panel then struck the tail, causing it to disintegrate.
|Date:||22 MAY 1953|
|Type:||Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando|
|Operating for:||Resort Airlines|
|Leased from:||United States Air Force - USAF|
|C/n / msn:|| 22536|
|First flight:|| |
|Total airframe hrs:||6867|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-75|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||18 km (11.3 mls) NE of Des Moines, IA (United States of America)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Departure airport:||Cheyenne Airport, WY (CYS/KCYS), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD), United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Separation of the right aileron tab motor from its support bracket due to loss of its outboard trunnion while the aircraft was in the severe turbulence of a thunderstorm. These conditions resulted in a tendency to roll erratically, and in conjunction with the extreme turbulence, caused loss of control and subsequent overloading of the wing to the point of failure."
» CAB File No. 1-0034
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 39-AN/34 (80-83)
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Distance from Cheyenne Airport, WY to Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL as the crow flies is 1398 km (873 miles).