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Last updated: 21 September 2021
Datum:Montag 28 September 1953
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Betrieben durch:Resort Airlines
Gemietet von :United States Air Force - USAF
Kennzeichen: N66534
Werknummer: 22384
Baujahr: 1945
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-75
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 22 / Insassen: 38
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 25 / Insassen: 41
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Louisville-Standiford Field, KY (SDF) (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Philadelphia-North Philadelphia Airport, PA (PNE/KPNE), USA
Flug nach:Louisville-Standiford Field, KY (SDF/KSDF), USA
The Curtiss was approaching Louisville Airport (SDF) runway 24 when it ballooned slightly during the flare out. Power was applied and the aircraft entered a steep climb. The angle of attack continued to increase until the aircraft stalled at an altitude of about 300 feet. The plane struck the ground with the nose and left wing, bursting into flames.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Structural failure of the left elevator in flight, causing loss of control. The structural failure was brought about by the left outboard hinge bolt backing out of the assembly. The underlying cause was improper maintenance which resulted in the installation of hinge bolts and bearings not meeting specifications, and inadequate inspection which failed to detect this condition."

» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 39-AN/34 (119-123)


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Distance from Philadelphia-North Philadelphia Airport, PA to Louisville-Standiford Field, KY as the crow flies is 942 km (589 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

  • 3341 built
  • 777th loss
  • 164th Fataler Unfall
  • 23rd worst accident (Zu diesem Zeitpunkt)
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