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Fecha:viernes 18 abril 1952
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Operado por:Robin Airlines
Alquilado a :Air Charters
Registración: N8404C
Numéro de série: 22466
Año de Construcción: 1945
Motores: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-75
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 3 / Ocupantes: 3
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 26 / Ocupantes: 26
Total:Fatalidades: 29 / Ocupantes: 29
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:3 km (1.9 milles) E of Whittier, CA (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico No Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ (PHX/KPHX), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR/KBUR), Estados Unidos de América
Número de Vuelo: 416W
The Curtiss C-46 had been cleared for a straight-in instrument approach. The crew were told to maintain 3000 feet until leaving the Downey marker. The aircraft descended below this altitude and crashed into a hill at 980 feet altitude. At the time of this accident Robin Airlines, Inc., was doing business as North Continent Airlines, although no authorization to change its name had been obtained from the Civil Aeronautics Board.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The action of the pilot in voluntarily descending below the minimum altitude for which he was cleared, and attempting an approach at an altitude too low to clear the terrain."

» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 54)
» CAB File No. 1-0027

Subsiguiente / acciones de seguridad
Robin Airlines was grounded the day after the accident because of 40 violations. The airline had gone out of business following a Dec. 20, 1951 crash but started trading as 'North Continent Airlines'.


photo of Curtiss-C-46F-Commando-N8404C
accident date: 18-04-1952
type: Curtiss C-46F Commando
registration: N8404C
photo of Curtiss-C-46F-Commando-N8404C
accident date: 18-04-1952
type: Curtiss C-46F Commando
registration: N8404C

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ to Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA as the crow flies is 589 km (368 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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