ASN Aircraft accident Curtiss C-46D Commando 44-78221 Myitkyina
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Date:Wednesday 15 August 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 44-78221
MSN: 33617
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) from Myitkyina (   Myanmar)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Ledo Airfield, India
Destination airport:Myitkyina (unknown airport), Myanmar
The C-46 was transporting empty 55 gallon gas drums from Ledo to Myitkyina when it descended below minimum altitude in instrument flight conditions. The aircraft struck communications lines, hit railroad tracks, and cartwheeled across rice fields and through bushes about three miles from the airstrip.



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