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Last updated: 9 December 2021
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Date:Saturday 10 December 1949
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-20-CU Commando
Operator:Civil Air Transport
Registration: XT-814
MSN: 22347
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 35
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 40
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Haikou (   China)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Chengdu Airport (CTU/ZUUU), China
Destination airport:Haikou Airport (HAK/ZGHK), China
Narrative:
The aircraft crashed at night during an evacuation flight. The city of Chengdu was under siege in the Chinese Civil War.
OF the 40 occupants, 17 were killed, 13 were seriously injured, and 10 slightly injured.

Sources:
» Combat, 13-12-1949
» World Directory of Airliner Crashes


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Distance from Chengdu Airport to Haikou Airport as the crow flies is 1343 km (839 miles).

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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