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Last updated: 20 June 2019
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Date:Friday 22 June 1945
Time:23:37
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-40-CU Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-107339
C/n / msn: 27026
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:3 km (1.9 mls) SE of Gold Run, Placer County, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Reno AAB, NV, United States of America
Destination airport:Long Beach Municipal Airport, CA (LGB/KLGB), United States of America
Narrative:
The C-46 transport plane departed on a high altitude training flight from Reno AAF to Long Beach. Poor weather conditions forced the crew to return to Reno. On the way back to Reno an explosion occurred in the starboard wing. Both wings separated and the airplane crashed out of control.

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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