Unfallbericht:The Curtiss was approaching Louisville Airport (SDF) runway 24 when it ballooned slightly during the flare out. Power was applied and the aircraft entered a steep climb. The angle of attack continued to increase until the aircraft stalled at an altitude of about 300 feet. The plane struck the ground with the nose and left wing, bursting into flames.
|Datum:||28 SEP 1953|
|Flugzeugtyp:||Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando|
|Betrieben durch:||Resort Airlines|
|Gemietet von :||United States Air Force - USAF|
|Triebwerk:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-75|
|Besatzung:||Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3|
|Fluggäste:||Todesopfer: 22 / Insassen: 38|
|Gesamt:||Todesopfer: 25 / Insassen: 41 |
|Konsequenzen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Unfallort:||Louisville-Standiford Field, KY (SDF) (USA)
|Flugphase:|| Annäherung (APR)|
|Betriebsart:||Inländischer außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug|
|Flug von:||Philadelphia-North Philadelphia Airport, PA (PNE/KPNE), USA|
|Flug nach:||Louisville-Standiford Field, KY (SDF/KSDF), USA|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Structural failure of the left elevator in flight, causing loss of control. The structural failure was brought about by the left outboard hinge bolt backing out of the assembly. The underlying cause was improper maintenance which resulted in the installation of hinge bolts and bearings not meeting specifications, and inadequate inspection which failed to detect this condition."
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 39-AN/34 (119-123)Sample newspaper article from Newspaperarchive.com
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Philadelphia-North Philadelphia Airport, PA to Louisville-Standiford Field, KY as the crow flies is 942 km (589 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.