Narrative: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.
|Date:||28 JUL 1966|
|Type:||Curtiss C-46A-45-CU Commando|
|Operator:||Zantop Air Transport|
|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:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (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|
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."
» NTSB File #1-0051
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.