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Last updated: 23 September 2019
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Date:Saturday 15 November 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-45-CU Commando
Operator:private
Registration: N355BY
C/n / msn: 30243
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Norman's Cay (   Bahamas)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Norman's Cay Airport (NMC/MYEN), Bahamas
Destination airport:Norman's Cay Airport (NMC/MYEN), Bahamas
Narrative:
The Curtiss C-46A cargo plane, N355BY, had been flown to Norman's Cay Airport, Bahamas, after being bought by a British pilot.
The pilot was performing touch-and-goes at the airport when the aircraft touched down short. He execute a go-around, but clipped an earthen berm, tearing the left landing gear loose from its housing. The no.1 propeller blades contacted the runway. The aircraft banked left and gained little altitude. It cleared the runway and came down in shallow water.
The wreck is still present in Norman's Cay.

Classification:

Sources:
» The Plane Wreck of Norman’s Cay / by Mariah Moyle


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photo of Curtiss-C-46A-Commando-N355BY
accident date: 15-11-1980
type: Curtiss C-46A Commando
registration: N355BY
photo of Curtiss-C-46A-Commando-N355BY
accident date: 15-11-1980
type: Curtiss C-46A Commando
registration: N355BY
 

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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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