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Date:Tuesday 10 December 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 44-78604
C/n / msn: 22427
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 23
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:8 km (5 mls) SW of Osaka-Itami Air Base (ITM) (   Japan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Osaka-Itami Airport (ITM/RJOO), Japan
Destination airport:Fukuoka Airport (FUK/RJFF), Japan
Narrative:
Crashed two minutes after take-off.

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» The Lewiston Daily Sun - Dec 11, 1946


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Distance from Osaka-Itami Airport to Fukuoka Airport as the crow flies is 475 km (297 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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