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Last updated: 15 October 2021
Date:Wednesday 2 September 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F Commando
Operator:Aaxico Airlines
Registration: N5140B
MSN: 26809
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51M1
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Abiline-Dyess AFB, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Abilene-Dyess AFB, TX (DYS/KDYS), United States of America
Destination airport:Fort Worth-Carswell AFB, TX (FWH/KNFW), United States of America
The Aaxico Curtiss C-46 was flying en route near Abilene when elevator control was lost. An emergency was declared and the crew carried out a GCA assisted emergency approach to Dyess AFB using power and trim for pitch control. The aircraft touched down safely but started to porpoise. The crew applied full power and the aircraft climbed steeply to a height of 150-200 feet. The plane then stalled, pitched down and crashed on the runway at an angle exceeding 45 degrees.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was loss of elevator control because of an improperly secured bolt, a condition which was undetected because of an inadequate inspection."


Elevator issue
Loss of control

» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 62-AN/57 (173-176)


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Distance from Abilene-Dyess AFB, TX to Fort Worth-Carswell AFB, TX as the crow flies is 228 km (142 miles).

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