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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:
Date:Thursday 23 November 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-5-CU Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-101184
C/n / msn: 30639
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 14
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Kano Airport (KAN) (   Nigeria)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Accra-Kotoka Airport (ACC/DGAA), Ghana
Destination airport:Kano International Airport (KAN/DNKN), Nigeria
Narrative:
During November 1944, the USAAF 4th Combat Cargo Group was directed to Asia. A total of 100 brand new C-46 transport aircraft were ferried from Baer Field, Fort Wayne, Indiana, to West Palm Beach, Puerto Rico, Georgetown, Belem, Ascension Island, Accra and Kano, Nigeria.
Nearing Kano a problem was encountered with one of the engines and the pilot, shut the engine down and the crew radioed ahead for an emergency landing. During the approach a British Douglas Dakota cut ahead of the C-46 and the pilot tried to increase power on the remaining engine to lift it up. The remaining engine quit and the aircraft pancaked onto the runway. It skidded along the runway and then veered off into the vegetation alongside the runway. As soon as the plane stopped, all the hatches were opened and the passengers and crew evacuated the plane. When the C-46 hit the runway, one of the main gear wheels tore off, flew back and tore a hole in the fuselage near the base of the stabilizer.

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» comcar.org
» comcar.org


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Distance from Accra-Kotoka Airport to Kano International Airport as the crow flies is 1187 km (742 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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