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Last updated: 16 October 2021
Date:Saturday 7 December 1963
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-20-CU Commando
Operator:Zantop Air Transport
Registration: N609Z
MSN: 26571
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:11694
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:16 km (10 mls) NW of Nederland, CO (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Aurora-Lowry AFB, CO, United States of America
Destination airport:Ogden-Hill AFB, UT (HIF/KHIF), United States of America
The Curtiss departed Lowry AFB for a flight to Hill AFB at 18:59MST, but failed to arrive at the destination. The wreckage was found on July 8, 1964. The plane had impacted into a vertical rock face in level flight or slightly nose-up attitude at about 12500 feet altitude. Fire consumed 90% of the wreckage.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - improper in-flight decisions or planning
pilot in command - exercised poor judgment

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» NTSB File 1-0073


photo of Curtiss-C-46A-Commando-N609Z
accident date: 07-12-1963
type: Curtiss C-46A Commando
registration: N609Z
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