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Accident description
Last updated: 24 October 2017
Status:
Date:Tuesday 1 January 1946
Type:Budd RB-1 Conestoga
Operator:National Skyway Freight Corp.
Registration: NC45347
C/n / msn: 003
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Bluefield, VA (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Washington (unknown airport), DC, United States of America
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Conestoga cargo plane ran into bad weather with icing conditions en route from Washington. Because visibility at Knoxville, the nearest airport, was poor, the crew decided to go back to Washington. Being low on fuel in a heavy snowstorm, the pilot attempted a forced landing. The airplane belly landed on a golf course.

Sources:
» Flying Tiger Line Pilots Association
» US Navy and US Marine Corps Aircraft Serial Numbers and Bureau Numbers--1911 to Present / Joe Baugher


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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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