ASN Aircraft accident Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando N68963 Fairbanks, AK
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Sunday 30 December 1951
Time:22:07
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Operator:Transocean Air Lines
Registration: N68963
MSN: 22485
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hrs:1937
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-75
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Fairbanks, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Umiat Airport, AK (UMT/PAUM), United States of America
Destination airport:Fairbanks International Airport, AK (FAI/PAFA), United States of America
Flightnumber: 501
Narrative:
Approaching Fairbanks the crew reported having missed the radio range fix and stated that the ADF was inoperative. Last contact was 2 minutes later when they reported proceeding out on the west leg of range. The wreckage was found on January 3, 1952.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the pilot to follow procedures and utilize properly the radio facilities for approach and letdown at Fairbanks, with the result that the flight became lost."

Accident investigation:

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Investigating agency: CAB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: final report
Download report: Final report

Sources:
» CAB File No. 1-0116


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Distance from Umiat Airport, AK to Fairbanks International Airport, AK as the crow flies is 535 km (334 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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