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Last updated: 23 April 2021
Datum:donderdag 23 november 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-5-CU Commando
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registratie: 42-101184
Constructienummer: 30639
Bouwjaar: 1944
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 10
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 14
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Kano Airport (KAN) (   Nigeria)
Fase: Landing (LDG)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Accra-Kotoka Airport (ACC/DGAA), Ghana
Vliegveld van aankomst:Kano International Airport (KAN/DNKN), Nigeria
During November 1944, the USAAF 4th Combat Cargo Group was directed to Asia. A total of 100 brand new C-46 transport aircraft were ferried from Baer Field, Fort Wayne, Indiana, to West Palm Beach, Puerto Rico, Georgetown, Belem, Ascension Island, Accra and Kano, Nigeria.
Nearing Kano a problem was encountered with one of the engines and the pilot, shut the engine down and the crew radioed ahead for an emergency landing. During the approach a British Douglas Dakota cut ahead of the C-46 and the pilot tried to increase power on the remaining engine to lift it up. The remaining engine quit and the aircraft pancaked onto the runway. It skidded along the runway and then veered off into the vegetation alongside the runway. As soon as the plane stopped, all the hatches were opened and the passengers and crew evacuated the plane. When the C-46 hit the runway, one of the main gear wheels tore off, flew back and tore a hole in the fuselage near the base of the stabilizer.

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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Accra-Kotoka Airport en Kano International Airport bedraagt 1187 km (742 miles).

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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