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Last updated: 31 July 2021
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Date:Sunday 5 May 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-15-CU Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 44-78268
MSN: 33664
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 17
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Oshima Island (   Japan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Manila-Nichols Air Base (MNL/RPLL), Philippines
Destination airport:Atsugi NAS (NJA/RJTA), Japan
Narrative:
The aircraft crashed and caught fire. The pilot was trapped and died. The other 16 occupants were injured, six of whom seriously.

Sources:
» Morning Tribune 9 May 1946, p8
» Youngstown Vindicator 8 May 1946, p7
» AAIR


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Distance from Manila-Nichols Air Base to Atsugi NAS as the crow flies is 2951 km (1844 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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