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Accident description
Last updated: 25 November 2015
Date:Wednesday 14 January 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Operator:California Air Freight
Registration: N1240N
C/n / msn: 22404
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Panther Peak, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR/KBUR), United States of America
Destination airport:Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, WA (SEA/KSEA), United States of America
The aircraft crashed into the ridge of a mountain range (Panther Peak) at an altitude of 8600 feet msl, located 45 miles to the right of the airway. The minimum safe altitude for the direct route Burbank-Seattle is 14500 feet compared to 8500 feet over the airway route.



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Distance from Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA to Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, WA as the crow flies is 1500 km (937 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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