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Accident description
Last updated: 10 December 2017
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Date:Monday 30 March 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-45-CU Commando
Operator:Riddle Airlines
Registration: N7840B
C/n / msn: 30242
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Alma, GA (   United States of America)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Orlando International Airport, FL (MCO/KMCO), United States of America
Destination airport:?
Flightnumber: 402
Narrative:
An unguarded light bulb came into contact with combustible cargo in the aft lower cargo compartment causing a fire. The fire penetrated the cargo compartment wall, burned through combustible fluid carrying lines and ignited the fluids. The plane passed over Alma, GA at that moment and the crew reported that they were on fire and that they were experiencing control problems. Shortly afterwards the aircraft lost control and crashed.

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 62-AN/57 (112-113)


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