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Accident description
Last updated: 1 December 2015
Date:Thursday 3 October 1957
Time:ca 01:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-45-CU Commando
Operator:Lebanese International Airways
Registration: OD-ACK
C/n / msn: 30249
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 23
Total:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 27
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 18 km off Beirut International Airport (BEY) (   Lebanon)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Beirut International Airport (BEY/OLBA), Lebanon
Destination airport:Kuwait International Airport (KWI/OKBK), Kuwait
The Curtiss C-46 passenger plane took off from Beirut Airport at 01:17, bound for Kuwait. After takeoff the crew radioed they had a fire and were returning to Beirut.
Last contact was at 01:51 at 2000 metres altitude. Within about two minutes the aircraft descended to 500 metres. Control was lost and the aircraft then crashed into the sea.

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Distance from Beirut International Airport to Kuwait International Airport as the crow flies is 1279 km (799 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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