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Last updated: 24 January 2020
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Date:Saturday 6 January 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-45-CU Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-96721
C/n / msn: 30383
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:between Kunming and Chabua (   China)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Kunming-Wujiaba Airfield (KMG/ZPPP), China
Destination airport:Chabua Air Force Station, India
Narrative:
Missing on a flight from Kunming to Chabua. Weather en route was poor with thunderstorms and severe icing.

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Distance from Kunming-Wujiaba Airfield to Chabua Air Force Station as the crow flies is 804 km (502 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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