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Accident description
Last updated: 15 December 2017
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 10 July 1973
Time:09:58
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Operator:Fairbanks Air Service
Registration: N1312V
C/n / msn: 22575
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Beluga Airport, AK (BVU) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC), United States of America
Destination airport:Beluga Airport, AK (BVU/PABG), United States of America
Narrative:
The aircraft crashed 152 feet short of the runway when the main gear struck a bank, which was located 18 inches below the runway level. The pilot tried to go around but the left engine quit. The C-46 crash-landed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - misjudged distance and altitude
FACTORS:
miscellaneous acts,conditions - poorly planned approach
weather - downdraft,updrafts
miscellaneous acts,conditions - overload failure
weather briefing - unknown/not reported
weather forecast - unknown/not reported

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Anchorage International Airport, AK to Beluga Airport, AK as the crow flies is 56 km (35 miles).

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