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Status:Final
Date:Friday 6 January 1967
Time:16:24
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Operator:Channel Air Lift
Registration: N30046
MSN: 22417
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Hilo International Airport, HI (ITO) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Hilo International Airport, HI (ITO/PHTO), United States of America
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The cargo shifted rearward during the takeoff, causing the Centre of Gravity to go beyond the aft controllable limit. A precautionary landing was attempted, but the aircraft stalled and crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning. improperly loaded aircraft."

Classification:
Cargo shift
Loss of control

Sources:
» NTSB


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