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Accident description
Last updated: 14 December 2017
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Date:Friday 27 May 1949
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Operator:Trans-Air Hawaii
Registration: N5615V
C/n / msn: 22368
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Maui, HI (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Kahului Airport, HI (OGG/PHOG), United States of America
Narrative:
En route to Maui a fire developed in the no. 2 engine. Delayed use of the CO2 extinguishing bottles caused the fire to get beyond the firewall, deteriorating the main spar. When the landing gear was lowered, the engine tore loose and the wing failed, causing the aircraft to crash and burn. The no. 2 engine fire had been caused by a no. 8 cylinder failure, followed by an oil fire.

Classification:

Wing failure
Loss of control

Sources:
» BAAA-ACRO


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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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