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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:
Date:Sunday 9 September 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F Commando
Operator:Westair Transport
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Kotzebue Airport, AK (OTZ) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Kotzebue Airport, AK (OTZ/PAOT), United States of America
Narrative:
Power was applied during a 18-20 knots crosswind landing to maintain directional control. The C-46 went off the side of the runway and struck a DC-3. The aircraft continued and came to rest in 6 feet of water next to the shoreline.
Reports indicate that the airplane had a load shift due to poor loading and securing of sheetrock material that was loaded on the plane. The co-pilot drowned while attempting to swim to the shore.



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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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