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Last updated: 21 September 2021
Date:Monday 9 February 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D Commando
Operator:Egyptian Air Force
Registration: 1001
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 35
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:64 km (40 mls) E of Cairo (   Egypt)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:El Arish Airport (AAC/HEAR), Egypt
Destination airport:Cairo-Almaza Air Base (HEAZ), Egypt
A C-46 transport plane operated by the Egyptian Air Force crashed in the desert east of Cairo, Egypt. Local press reports indicate that 30 occupants died. Three were injured and two escaped uninjured.

» Military Aviation Disasters/David Gero
» L'Unitá 11-2-1953
» Ottawa Citizen - Feb 10, 1953


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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 El Arish Airport to Cairo-Almaza Air Base as the crow flies is 259 km (162 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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