ASN Aircraft accident Curtiss C-46A-35-CU Commando 42-3616 Margherita, Assam
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Date:Saturday 19 August 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-35-CU Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-3616
MSN: 26749
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:S of Margherita, Assam (   India)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Chengkung Airfield, China
Destination airport:Misamari Air Base, India
The aircraft crashed on a round trip flight from Misamari to Chengkung and back.
The wreckage was found South from Margherita, Assam, India, near a village, Fhangyak, China. The C-46A was identified and serial numbers on parts corroborated the identity. An altitude of 3,500 feet was necessary to clear the ridge where it crashed. Its course was 180º and it crashed into the ridge about 200 yards below the summit.




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