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Last updated: 17 November 2019
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Date:mardi 28 septembre 1943
Heure:22:45
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46 Commando
Compagnie:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Immatriculation: 41-5170
Numéro de série: 26372
Année de Fabrication: 1942
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-43
Equipage:victimes: 1 / à bord: 5
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 10
Total:victimes: 1 / à bord: 15
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:près de Lovelock, NV (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Militaire
Aéroport de départ:Salt Lake City Municipal Airport, UT (SLC/KSLC), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Reno AAB, NV, Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Détails:
En route at 14000 feet the right engine failed with a loss of fuel pressure. The pilot was unable to restart the engine and could not feather the propeller.
They were now unable to maintain altitude and ten passengers were ordered to bail out. The left engine then overheated. The pilot could no long maintain altitude over the mountainous terrain. The C-46 was flying just below 8000 feet in an area with mountains rising to 9000 feet. The remaining crew members bailed out as well, but one of them was killed in the attempt when his parachute failed to open. The airplane continued on autopilot and made a successful belly landing in a valley field.

Sources:
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 2: July 1943-July 1944 / Anthony J. Mireles
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)


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