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Last updated: 24 November 2020
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Date:Tuesday 10 December 1946
Time:ca 19:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss R5C-1 Commando (C-46A)
Operator:United States Marine Corps
Registration: 39528
C/n / msn: 26715
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 29
Total:Fatalities: 32 / Occupants: 32
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mount Rainier, WA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Santa Ana-El Toro MCAS, CA (NZJ/KNZJ), United States of America
Destination airport:Seattle NAS, WA, United States of America
Narrative:
A USMC Curtiss Commando transport plane was destroyed when it flew into South Tahoma Glacier on Mt. Rainier, WA in bad weather. All 32 on board were killed.
The airplane was en route from Santa Ana-El Toro MCAS, California to NAS Sand Point, Seattle, Washington.
The wreckage was not found until July 1947. It had crashed on the 10,500 foot level of Mount Rainier.

Sources:
» US Navy and US Marine Corps Aircraft Serial Numbers and Bureau Numbers--1911 to Present / Joe Baugher
» The Windsor Daily Star - Dec 13, 1946


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Curtiss C-46

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