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Last updated: 30 July 2021
Date:Friday 9 August 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed 18-56-23 Lodestar
Operator:Atlantic Central Airlines
Registration: NC45337
MSN: 18-2223
First flight: 1942
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Lakehurst, NJ (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Lakehurst-Naec Airport, NJ (NEL/KNEL), United States of America
Destination airport:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), United States of America
The left engine failed as a result of a broken accessory drive gear. An emergency landing was attempted at Lakehurst, but the pilot decided to go around. However, the plane veered to the left and crashed and caught fire.

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Distance from Lakehurst-Naec Airport, NJ to Newark International Airport, NJ as the crow flies is 74 km (47 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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