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Last updated: 21 September 2021
Fecha:lunes 28 septiembre 1953
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Operado por:Resort Airlines
Alquilado a :United States Air Force - USAF
Registración: N66534
Numéro de série: 22384
Año de Construcción: 1945
Horas Totales de la Célula:6952
Motores: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-75
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 3 / Ocupantes: 3
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 22 / Ocupantes: 38
Total:Fatalidades: 25 / Ocupantes: 41
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Louisville-Standiford Field, KY (SDF) (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico No Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Philadelphia-North Philadelphia Airport, PA (PNE/KPNE), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Louisville-Standiford Field, KY (SDF/KSDF), Estados Unidos de América
Número de Vuelo:1081
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.

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Curtiss C-46

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  • 777th loss
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