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Last updated: 21 September 2021
Status:Definitief
Datum:vrijdag 18 april 1952
Tijd:03:34
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Vloog voor:Robin Airlines
Gehuurd van:Air Charters
Registratie: N8404C
Constructienummer: 22466
Bouwjaar: 1945
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-75
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 26 / inzittenden: 26
Totaal:slachtoffers: 29 / inzittenden: 29
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:3 km (1.9 mijl) E of Whittier, CA (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse charter
Vliegveld van vertrek:Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ (PHX/KPHX), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR/KBUR), Verenigde Staten
Vluchtnummer: 416W
Beschrijving:
The Curtiss C-46 had been cleared for a straight-in instrument approach. The crew were told to maintain 3000 feet until leaving the Downey marker. The aircraft descended below this altitude and crashed into a hill at 980 feet altitude. At the time of this accident Robin Airlines, Inc., was doing business as North Continent Airlines, although no authorization to change its name had been obtained from the Civil Aeronautics Board.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The action of the pilot in voluntarily descending below the minimum altitude for which he was cleared, and attempting an approach at an altitude too low to clear the terrain."

Bronnen:
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 54)
» CAB File No. 1-0027


Veiligheidsmaatregelen
Robin Airlines was grounded the day after the accident because of 40 violations. The airline had gone out of business following a Dec. 20, 1951 crash but started trading as 'North Continent Airlines'.

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photo of Curtiss-C-46F-Commando-N8404C
accident date: 18-04-1952
type: Curtiss C-46F Commando
registration: N8404C
photo of Curtiss-C-46F-Commando-N8404C
accident date: 18-04-1952
type: Curtiss C-46F Commando
registration: N8404C
 

Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ en Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA bedraagt 589 km (368 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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Curtiss C-46

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