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Date:Thursday 21 August 1947
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46E-1-CS Commando
Operator:Slick Airways
Registration: NC59488
MSN: 2935
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Hanksville, UT (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Denver (unknown airport), CO, United States of America
Destination airport:Los Angeles Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America
The Curtiss C-46 entered an area of severe thunderstorms and high cumulus clouds near Hanksville. The altitude was too low to clear the terrain ahead, causing the plane to crash against the side of the canyon wall of Blue Bell Knoll Mountain at an altitude of approximately 10,000 feet.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The continuation of the flight into instrument weather conditions over mountainous terrain at an altitude too low to clear the mountains en route."

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 46)
» CAB File No. 1-0067


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