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Datum:woensdag 30 december 1964
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-45-CU Commando
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Zantop Air Transport
Registratie: N608Z
Constructienummer: 30328
Bouwjaar: 1944
Aantal vlieguren:7385
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 4
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:3,5 km (2.2 mijl) SW of Detroit-Metropolitan Airport, MI (DTW) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Vracht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, OH (CLE/KCLE), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI (DTW/KDTW), Verenigde Staten
The C-46 Commando had been cleared for a runway 3L ILS approach at Detroit in poor weather (sky obscured, visibility 1 mile, light drizzle). During the approach, at 1,5 miles right of the ILS course and 1 mile NE of the Outer Marker, the aircraft suddenly entered a 45-degree banked left turn. The bank angle exceeded 60 deg as the plane crossed the localizer course from left to right. The aircraft struck several 84 feet tall trees in an 8deg nose down and 30deg right bank attitude, struck the ground and disintegrated.
In the investigation an incapacitation of the captain was considered, but not supported by post-mortem examination.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Loss of control during night instrument approach in adverse weather for an undetermined reason."


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, OH en Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI bedraagt 152 km (95 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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