Mid-air collision Accident Curtiss C-46A-45-CU Commando 42-96716,
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Date:Thursday 26 October 1944
Time:06:03
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Curtiss C-46A-45-CU Commando
Owner/operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-96716
MSN: 30378
Year of manufacture:1944
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Reno AAB, NV -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Reno AAB, NV
Destination airport:Reno AAB, NV
Narrative:
Two Curtiss C-46 transport planes (42-96716 and 41-12357) were destroyed following a mid-air collision over Reno Army Air Base. Both aircraft were operating on a training flight. The crew of 42-96716 were following the prescribed instrument let down when the airplane was struck by 41-12357.

Sources:

Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 3: August 1944-December 1945 / Anthony J. Mireles

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