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Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mercredi 4 mars 1953
Heure:ca 01:50
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Compagnie:Slick Airways
Immatriculation: N4717N
Numéro de série: 22400
Année de Fabrication: 1945
Heures de vol:43310
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-75
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:2,5 km (1.6 milles) SW of Windsor Locks-Bradley Field, CT (BDL) (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En approche (APR)
Aéroport de départ:New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL/KIDL), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Windsor Locks-Bradley International Airport, CT (BDL/KBDL), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol: 162-3
Bradley Field was the first intermediate stop of a cargo flight from New York to Chicago. On an IFR flight plan, the C-46 departed New York at 01:01 and climbed to the cruising altitude of 3,000 feet. At 01:39 the pilot advised Bradley Approach Control that the aircraft had just passed Hartford and that he would maintain 3,000 feet to the Bradley Field outer marker. The flight was then cleared for an instrument approach to runway 06. Weather information was given as: Wind indicating northeast calm, ceiling indefinite 500 feet, obscurement, visibility one and one-half miles, light rain and fog, altimeter 30.01 inches. The pilot was then requested to report over the outer marker when inbound and was advised that the Bradley Field glide path was inoperative until further notice. At 01:41, the pilot reported problems intercepting the localizer and decided to continue to make an ADF let-down. The flight reported over the outer marker at 01:44 and was cleared to land. The aircraft was seen and heard flying low to the southwest of Bradley Field. The airplane was flying at low altitude when the left wing struck a tree approximately 70 feet in height, and was torn off. The remaining portion of the wing then struck a second tree 112 feet further away, and was torn off. As the aircraft cut a swath through the trees, it described a complete roll to the left.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "After missing his first approach to the airport, the pilot displayed poor judgement in attempting a circle under the overcast in rain and at night, rather than execute a standard instrument approach."

» CAB File No. 1-0015
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 39-AN/34 (53-56)


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY et Windsor Locks-Bradley International Airport, CT est de 170 km (106 miles).

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