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Last updated: 7 April 2020
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Date:Saturday 20 September 1947
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 Air Force - USAF
Registration: 44-78263
C/n / msn: 33659
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 27
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:265 km (165.6 mls) ESE of Angeles City-Clark Air Base (   Philippines)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Okinawa (unknown airport), Japan
Destination airport:Angeles City-Clark Air Base (CRK/RPMK), Philippines
Narrative:
The flight crew became lost after encountering a storm in the Manila area. The aircraft ran out of fuel. The occupants bailed out shortly after midnight. One suffered fatal injuries and one remained missing.

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Morning Tribune 22 September 1947, p1
» The Straits Times 21 September 1947, p1


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