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Date:vendredi 23 avril 1948
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46 Commando
Compagnie:Heyl Ha'Avir (Israeli Air Force)
Immatriculation: RX-...
Numéro de série:
Année de Fabrication:
Equipage:victimes: 2 / à bord: 2
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 2 / à bord: 2
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Mexico City (   Mexique)
Phase de vol: Au décollage (TOF)
Aéroport de départ:Mexico City International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexique
Aéroport de destination:?
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. Five C-46's left the U.S. for Panama, making an intermediate stop at Mexico City. On takeoff from Mexico City, one of the C-46's failed to lift off the runway and crashed.
Co-pilot Ernest Glen King (30) killed. Pilot William Gerson (34) survived, but died of injuries following night.

» Aeroflight, Real 101 Sqn website
» El Siglo de Torreón 25 April 1948, p9


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