ASN Aircraft accident Curtiss C-46A-55-CK Commando YS-012C Miami, FL
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 13 February 1965
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-55-CK Commando
Operator:Aerolineas El Salvador - AESA
Registration: YS-012C
MSN: 127
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
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Miami, FL (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Destination airport:San Salvador/Ilopango International Airport (SAL/MSSS), El Salvador
The no. 1 engine failed shortly after takeoff. The propeller could not be feathered, presumably due to oil contamination. A crash-landing was carried out near Miami and the airplane came to rest in an automobile junk yard.

Probable Cause:

powerplant - engine structure: crankshaft
miscellaneous acts, conditions - fatigue fracture
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: inadequate maintenance and inspection
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improperly loaded aircraft-weight-and/or c.g.
complete power loss - complete engine failure/flameout-1 engine
emergency circumstances - forced landing off airport on land

» El Tiempo 14 February 1965, p1+3
» NTSB File A-0002


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Miami International Airport, FL to San Salvador/Ilopango International Airport as the crow flies is 1620 km (1013 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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