ASN Aircraft accident Curtiss C-46A Commando CC-CNC-0466 Arica-El Buitre Airport
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Date:Thursday 11 April 1957
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A Commando
Operator:Transa Chile - Sociedad de Transportes de Chile
Registration: CC-CNC-0466
MSN: 443
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Arica-El Buitre Airport (   Chile)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Arica-El Buitre Airport (SCAE), Chile
Destination airport:Santiago-Los Cerrillos Airport (ULC/SCTI), Chile
The Curtiss C-46 crashed at Arica-El Buitre Airport, Chile, and was consumed by fire.
The aircraft hade departed El Buitre Airport, carrying 40 Vespa motorbikes, 60 bicycles and other cargo to Santiago.
An in-flight fire forced the crew to return to El Buitre Airport for an emergency landing.

» La Nación (Santiago) 13 April 1957, p10
» La Nación (Santiago) 14 JAN 1957, p137


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Distance from Arica-El Buitre Airport to Santiago-Los Cerrillos Airport as the crow flies is 1660 km (1038 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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