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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
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Date:Saturday 29 October 1960
Time:22:02
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Operator:Arctic Pacific
Registration: N1244N
C/n / msn: 22458
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 45
Total:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 48
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Toledo-Express Airport, OH (TOL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Toledo-Express Airport, OH (TOL/KTOL), United States of America
Destination airport:Kansas City Downtown Municipal Airport, MO (MKC/KMKC), United States of America
Narrative:
The C-46 was chartered to transport the California State Polytechnic College football team from Santa Maria, California to Toledo, Ohio and return. The aircraft took off from Toledo Express Airport on the return flight to San Luis Obispo, California, weighing approximately 2 000 lb more than its maximum certificated gross weight of 47 100 lb. The aircraft crashed approximately 5 800 feet from the threshold of the takeoff runway, caught fire and was destroyed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was due to loss of control during a premature lift-off. Contributing factors were the overweight aircraft, weather conditions, and partial loss of power in the left engine."

Classification:
Overloaded
Loss of control

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Distance from Toledo-Express Airport, OH to Kansas City Downtown Municipal Airport, MO as the crow flies is 947 km (592 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.
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Curtiss C-46

  • 3341 built
  • 833rd loss
  • 167th fatal accident
  • 34th worst accident (at the time)
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