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Last updated: 21 October 2019
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Date:Wednesday 18 April 1945
Time:22:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 44-77721
C/n / msn: 33117
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:13 km (8.1 mls) NW of Burnet, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Austin-Bergstrom Field, TX (KAYS), United States of America
Destination airport:Austin-Bergstrom Field, TX (KAYS), United States of America
Narrative:
A C-46 transport plane was destroyed in an accident during a low altitude navigation flight. All four on board were killed. The flight left Austin-Bergstrom Field at 20:31 but failed to return. The wreckage was located four days later. The airplane had crashed into a wooded hillside at an elevation of 1500 feet.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» 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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