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Accident description
Last updated: 2 December 2015
Date:Thursday 28 July 1966
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-45-CU Commando
Operator:Zantop Air Transport
Registration: N9905F
C/n / msn: 30316
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Port Elizabeth, NJ (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), United States of America
Destination airport:?
The no. 1 engine failed at a height of 200 feet after takeoff from runway 22. The crew attempted to return to the airport, but were forced to make a wheels up landing on a salt flat.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "1) Powerplant structure: master and connecting rods, piston rings - material failure.; 2) Dispatching: dispatched flight overweight; 3) Operational supervisory personnel: deficiency company service, regulations."

Forced landing outside airport

» NTSB File #1-0051


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