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Last updated: 24 September 2020
Date:Sunday 4 July 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46 Commando
Operator:Heyl Ha'Avir (Israeli Air Force)
Registration: RX-133
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Ekron-Tel Nof Air Base (   Israel)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Departure airport:Ekron-Tel Nof Air Base, Israel
Destination airport:Zatec Air Base (LKZC), Czech Republic
The no. 1 engine of a Curtiss C-46 operated by the Israeli Air Force caught fire during startup. The fire was put out, but the aircraft sustained substantial damage to the left hand side of the fuselage.
It appeared that fuel had spilled on the left hand wing during a fueling operation with a manual fuel pump.

Damaged on the ground



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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Ekron-Tel Nof Air Base to Zatec Air Base as the crow flies is 2685 km (1678 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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