ASN Aircraft accident Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando N1242N Chattanooga-Lovell Field, TN (CHA)
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Date:Saturday 22 January 1955
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Operator:Resort Airlines
Registration: N1242N
MSN: 22406
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:0,8 km (0.5 mls) from Chattanooga-Lovell Field, TN (CHA) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Norfolk NAS Chambers, VA (NGU/KNGU), United States of America
Destination airport:Knoxville Airport, TN (TYS/KTYS), United States of America
The Resort Airlines C-46 cargo plane descended below the ILS glide path while approaching Chattanooga and struck trees. Part of the left wing broke off and the aircraft crashed into the ground, coming to rest against a railroad embankment and a bridge.
The airplane carried 12,000 pounds of US Navy cargo. The flight was en route from Norfolk, VA to Oklahoma City, OK. An en route stop was planned at Knoxville Airport, TN, but visibility was poor, forcing the crew to divert to Chattanooga. Ceiling was at 900 feet at Chattanooga when the airplane started the approach.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

» Ocala Star-Banner - Jan 23, 1955


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Distance from Norfolk NAS Chambers, VA to Knoxville Airport, TN as the crow flies is 696 km (435 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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