ASN Aircraft accident Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando N1312V Beluga Airport, AK (BVU)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 10 July 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Operator:Fairbanks Air Service
Registration: N1312V
MSN: 22575
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Beluga Airport, AK (BVU) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC), United States of America
Destination airport:Beluga Airport, AK (BVU/PABG), United States of America
The aircraft crashed 152 feet short of the runway when the main gear struck a bank, which was located 18 inches below the runway level. The pilot tried to go around but the left engine quit. The C-46 crash-landed.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - misjudged distance and altitude
miscellaneous acts,conditions - poorly planned approach
weather - downdraft,updrafts
miscellaneous acts,conditions - overload failure
weather briefing - unknown/not reported
weather forecast - unknown/not reported



photo of Curtiss-C-46F-Commando-N1312V
accident date: 10-07-1973
type: Curtiss C-46F Commando
registration: N1312V

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 Anchorage International Airport, AK to Beluga Airport, AK as the crow flies is 56 km (35 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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