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Last updated: 2 December 2021
Datum:Samstag 7 Dezember 1963
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-20-CU Commando
Fluggesellschaft:Zantop Air Transport
Kennzeichen: N609Z
Werknummer: 26571
Baujahr: 1943
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 1
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:16 km (10 Meilen) NW of Nederland, CO (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Aurora-Lowry AFB, CO, USA
Flug nach:Ogden-Hill AFB, UT (HIF/KHIF), USA
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

» NTSB File 1-0073


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