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Last updated: 17 September 2021
Datum:maandag 28 september 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Vloog voor:Resort Airlines
Gehuurd van:United States Air Force - USAF
Registratie: N66534
Constructienummer: 22384
Bouwjaar: 1945
Aantal vlieguren:6952
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-75
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 22 / inzittenden: 38
Totaal:slachtoffers: 25 / inzittenden: 41
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Louisville-Standiford Field, KY (SDF) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse charter
Vliegveld van vertrek:Philadelphia-North Philadelphia Airport, PA (PNE/KPNE), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Louisville-Standiford Field, KY (SDF/KSDF), Verenigde Staten
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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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 Philadelphia-North Philadelphia Airport, PA en Louisville-Standiford Field, KY bedraagt 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
  • 777e ongeval
  • 164e dodelijk ongeval
  • 23e zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 36e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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