Accident Curtiss C-46 Super C CF-PWD,
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Date:Friday 29 January 1960
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Curtiss C-46 Super C
Owner/operator:Pacific Western Airlines
Registration: CF-PWD
MSN: 2940
Year of manufacture:1945
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 51
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Port Hardy Airport, BC (YZT) -   Canada
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Port Hardy Airport, BC (YZT/CYZT)
Destination airport:Comox Airport, BC (YQQ/CYQQ)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Flight 104 departed Port Hardy for a flight to Comox. No. 2 engine problems forced the crew to turn back to Port Hardy. The engine was shut down and the propeller feathered. The C-46 landed on runway 10 and overran into an area of swamp and tree stumps.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The right engine failed because of a fatigue fracture of the reduction drive ring gear necessitating feathering of the propeller. Due to the presence of a fog bank, a steep approach was necessary with result that the landing was made at a higher than normal airspeed which, coupled with reduced braking action on the wet runway, caused the aircraft to overrun the landing area."


ICAO Digest 12 (Circular 64)


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