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Last updated: 22 November 2019
Date:Monday 20 September 1954
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: 44-78035
C/n / msn: 33431
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 20
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3,3 km (2.1 mls) N of Newhall, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Burbank Airport, CA (BUR/KBUR), United States of America
Destination airport:Sacramento-Mather AFB, CA (MHR/KMHR), United States of America
A US Air Force C-46 Commando transport plane crashed near Newhall, California following an engine fire. All occupants, 17 Civil Air Patrol chaplains and the crew of three, had bailed out before the plane went down.

» Spokane Daily Chronicle - Sep 20, 1954


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Distance from Burbank Airport, CA to Sacramento-Mather AFB, CA as the crow flies is 547 km (342 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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