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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Date:Saturday 13 February 1960
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-30-CU Commando
Operator:Associated Air Transport
Registration: N46Q
C/n / msn: 26684
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 54
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 57
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Wrightstown-McGuire AFB, NJ (WRI) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Louisville-Standiford Field, KY (SDF/KSDF), United States of America
Destination airport:Wrightstown-McGuire AFB, NJ (WRI/KWRI), United States of America
The Curtiss was being used for a civil air movement of military personnel from Louisville to McGuire AFB. En route, in the Elkins-Charleston area light to moderate icing occurred. This required the use of wing de-icers and propeller anti-icers. Shortly after passing Baltimore the same weather conditions were encountered which required a power setting of 2400rpm and 38" manifold pressure. The plane lost altitude, which forced the crew to apply METO power setting of 2600rpm and 45" manifold pressure. During the final (GCA) approach to McGuire AFB the plane stalled and crash-landed 1200 feet short of the runway threshold.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Crew failed to maintain an accurate log of the flight as pertains to flight planning/fuel consumption/fuel requirements."


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Distance from Louisville-Standiford Field, KY to Wrightstown-McGuire AFB, NJ as the crow flies is 976 km (610 miles).

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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