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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:
Date:Tuesday 17 July 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 44-77767
C/n / msn: 33163
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-75
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mindoro Island (   Philippines)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Puerto Princesa Airport (PPS/RPVP), Philippines
Destination airport:Manila-Nichols Air Base (MNL/RPLL), Philippines
Narrative:
Crashed on a transportation and mail run flight transporting cargo. The airplane struck a mountain side on the north-western tip of Mindoro Island in bad weather conditions.
The crew and passenger perished in the crash.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Pacificwrecks.com
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)


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Distance from Puerto Princesa Airport to Manila-Nichols Air Base as the crow flies is 581 km (363 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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