ASN Aircraft accident Curtiss C-46A-45-CU Commando 42-96690 Carson City, NV
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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: 42-96690
MSN: 30352
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:50 km (31.3 mls) E of Carson City, NV (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Reno AAB, NV, United States of America
Destination airport:Reno AAB, NV, United States of America
The C-46 transport plane departed Reno AAF at 06:50 on a local training flight. A fire started in the near the no. 1 engine. The left wing was on fire and separated outside the engine, striking the tail section. The airplane stared to disintegrate and crashed.

Engine fire
Loss of control

» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 3: August 1944-December 1945 / Anthony J. Mireles


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