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Last updated: 4 August 2020
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Date:dimanche 23 mai 1948
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46
Compagnie:Heyl Ha'Avir (Israeli Air Force)
Immatriculation: RX-136
Numéro de série:
Année de Fabrication:
Equipage:victimes: 1 / à bord:
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 1 / à bord:
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:S of Latrun (   Israël)
Phase de vol: Inconnu (UNK)
Nature:Militaire
Aéroport de départ:Zatec Air Base (LKZC), République tchèque
Aéroport de destination:Ekron-Tel Nof Air Base, Israël
Détails:
Because of the 1948-1949 Arab-Israeli conflict the USA had enforced an arms embargo on a.o. Israel. Thus, the Panamanian airline LAPSA (Lineas Aéreas de Panama) was used as a cover for the acquisition of ten C-46 and three L-049 Constellations, by Israeli agents in the USA during late 1947/early 1948.
Two C-46s still registered with LAPSA (RX-130 and RX-136) flew from Zatec, Czech Republic to Israel carrying bombs and a Czech fighter plane. A thick fog enveloped Ekron and people on the ground lit fires to guide in the cargo planes. RX-130 landed uneventfully, but RX-136, headed instead for Tel Aviv-Yafo-Sde-Dov Airport. The gunners at that field did not expect an inbound flight and opened fire at the C-46 through the fog. Having abandoned the landing and flying through the countryside, RX-136 crashed on a gentle slope south of Latrun. The S-199 fuselage broke free on impact and slid forward into the cockpit, killing the navigator.

Sources:
» Aeroflight, Real 101 Sqn website


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