Accident description
Last updated: 21 April 2014
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 10 May 1973
Time:15:09
Type:Curtiss C-46A-55-CK Commando
Operator:Joel Guinn
Registration: N446M
C/n / msn: 133
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:5 km (3.1 mls) from Ellington AFB, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Houston-Ellington Field, TX (EFD/KEFD), United States of America
Destination airport:Miami (unknown airport), FL, United States of America
Narrative:
The C-46 departed Ellington AFB 1120lbs overloaded. On climbout the right propeller oversped. The crew was unable to lower the gear and carried out a wheels-up landing in a field along the I-45 west of the airport.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
powerplant - propeller and accessories: other
miscellaneous - foreign material affecting normal operations
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: inadequate maintenance and inspection
pilot in command - failed to follow approved procedures,directives,etc.
pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improperly loaded aircraft-weight-and/or c.g.
FACTORS:
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improper emergency procedures
miscellaneous acts,conditions - intentional wheels-up

Sources:
» NTSB


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