ASN Aircraft accident Curtiss C-46D-20-CU Commando LV-HIJ Laguna Brava, LR
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Date:Thursday 30 April 1964
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-20-CU Commando
Operator:Aerolineas Carreras Transportes Aéreos - ACTA
Registration: LV-HIJ
MSN: 22346
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Laguna Brava, LR (   Argentina)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Antofagasta-Cerro Moreno Airport (ANF/SCFA), Chile
Destination airport:Buenos Aires/Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport, BA (EZE/SAEZ), Argentina
While flying at 5250 m, the no. 1 propeller oversped to 3700rpm and was feathered. A wheels up emergency landing was carried out on the Laguna Brava salt lake at an altitude of 4192 meters above sea level. The C-46 was carrying Arabian race horses to Buenos Aires.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Forced landing with undercarriage retracted on an inadequate site because of technical faults in the No.1 engine which could not be determined."

Forced landing outside airport


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Distance from Antofagasta-Cerro Moreno Airport to Buenos Aires/Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport, BA as the crow flies is 1705 km (1066 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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