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Last updated: 23 October 2021
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 7 May 1969
Time:12:47
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Operator:Flying W Airways
Registration: N1243N
MSN: 22456
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Medford, NJ (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Medford-Flying W Airport, NJ, United States of America
Destination airport:Allentown-Lehigh Valley International Airport, PA (ABE/KABE), United States of America
Narrative:
Loss of directional control on takeoff; the crew tried to lift off prematurely to avoid parked aircraft but collided with trees and crashed. It appeared that the tailwheel was in the unlocked position on takeoff.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - improper operation of brakes and/or flight controls
pilot in command - premature lift-off
pilot in command - failed to obtain/maintain flying speed
miscellaneous - evasive maneuver to avoid collision

Sources:
» NTSB


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photo of Curtiss-C-46F-Commando-N1243N
accident date: 07-05-1969
type: Curtiss C-46F Commando
registration: N1243N
photo of Curtiss-C-46F-Commando-N1243N
accident date: 07-05-1969
type: Curtiss C-46F Commando
registration: N1243N
 
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