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Last updated: 19 November 2019
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Date:Saturday 12 January 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-15-CU Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 44-78146
C/n / msn: 33542
First flight:
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-75
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 23
Total:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 29
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Majuro (   Marshall Islands)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Majuro-Amata Kabua International Airport (MAJ/PKMJ), Marshall Islands
Destination airport:Johnston Island Airport (JON/PJON), U.S. Minor Outlying Islands
Narrative:
The Curtiss C-46 crashed into the sea off Majuro, Marshall Islands. Seventeen occupants swam ashore. Twelve were missing. The aircraft transported Army swimming athletes to a championship.

Sources:
» Missing Air Crew Report
» Malaya Tribune 22 January 1946, p2/3
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)


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Distance from Majuro-Amata Kabua International Airport to Johnston Island Airport as the crow flies is 2334 km (1459 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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