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Accident description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
Status:
Date:Thursday 28 April 1966
Time:03:45 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-20-CU Commando
Operating for:Air America
Leased from:China Airlines
Registration: CA-1
C/n / msn: 22367
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Kon Tum Airfield (   Vietnam)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Kon Tum Airfield, Vietnam
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Air America leased China Airlines' C-46 B-1535 and coded it "CA-1" in 1966. During takeoff, the plane experienced an over speed prop to 3000 RPM of the no. 1 engine at 80 knots. As there was little runway left and US military tents and aircraft on both sides, the pilot retracted the gear and belly-landed the plane into a field straight ahead.

Sources:
» The aircraft of Air America / by Dr. Joe F. Leeker


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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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