ASN Aircraft accident Curtiss C-46D-15-CU Commando CP-541 Caranavi Airport
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Monday 22 January 1962
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-15-CU Commando
Operator:Transaéreos de la Corporación Boliviana de Fomento
Registration: CP-541
MSN: 33579
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Caranavi Airport (   Bolivia)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Caranavi Airport (SLVI), Bolivia
Destination airport:?
At 14:35 Curtiss C-46 CP-541 was boarded. The takeoff had to be postponed due to some problems and associated repair of the propeller governor of no. 2 engine. A preflight engine test was carried out, which was satisfactory. After rolling 190 m during takeoff the plane veered left and then gradually to the right where it rang along the edge. The right wing tip was well outside the boundary of the 26,5 m wide runway. The right main gear went off the runway and into a drainage. At the 496 m point of the takeoff run the right wingtip struck an adobe wall and was detached from the wing. The takeoff run was continued and at the 580 m point the plane became airborne. The no. 2 engine propeller then cut a tree (6in in diameter) located at the 707 m point. The Curtiss continued to be airborne with a right bank increasing to between 65 and 70 degrees. The right wing then struck some trees 15 m in height resulting in the aircraft crashing nose down into the ground.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Pilot error in failing to discontinue takeoff, even after the right wing tip hit the well and broke off, while the aircraft was on the ground during the takeoff run."

Runway excursion

» ICAO Accident Digest No.14 Volume I, Circular 71-AN/63 (9-11)


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