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Last updated: 24 June 2019
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Date:Monday 2 August 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-15-CU Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 41-12420
C/n / msn: 26547
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 24
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Lahe Nanyon (   Myanmar)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Chabua Airfield (VECA), India
Destination airport:Kunming-Wujiaba Airfield (KMG/ZPPP), China
Narrative:
Crashed in the China-Burma-India theatre of operations after mechanical failure. At least one crew member was killed.
All aboard had to bail out as the airplane was not able to maintain altitude after engine problems.

Sources:
» China-Burma-India Hump Pilot Association Newsletter Fall/Winter 2004
» The Crash of a C-46; Tail Number: 41-12420 / John C. Neveu


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Distance from Chabua Airfield to Kunming-Wujiaba Airfield as the crow flies is 803 km (502 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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