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Last updated: 30 November 2021
Date:Saturday 10 March 1945
Time:ca 17:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-5-CU Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 44-77341
MSN: 32737
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 37
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Tanauan Airfield (   Philippines)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Departure airport:Mabalacat Airfield, Philippines
Destination airport:Tanauan Airfield, Philippines
The C-46 transport plane, operated by the 433rd Troop Carrier Group (TCG), 70th Troop Carrier Squadron (TCS), flew a medical evacuation flight from Mabalacat Airfield to Tanauan Airfield, Philippines. Weather conditions were unfavorable, with a low ceiling, scattered and five miles visibility at the destination.
The airplane crashed.



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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 Mabalacat Airfield to Tanauan Airfield as the crow flies is 710 km (444 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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