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Last updated: 2 December 2021
Date:Tuesday 30 October 1945
Time:ca 19:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-60-CK Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-47228
MSN: 299
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 42 / Occupants: 46
Total:Fatalities: 45 / Occupants: 50
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Zhijiang (   China)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Huaihua Zhijiang Airport (HJJ/ZGCJ), China
Destination airport:Shanghai (unknown airport), China
The Curtiss Commando was prepared for a trooping flight to Shanghai. Forty-six Chinese troops boarded the airplane and took some ammunition with them on board. During the engine runup the co-pilot noted that the no. 2 engine magneto checks were not satisfactory. The captain however decided it was OK and also did not expect any problems since he knew the terrain very well.
After takeoff the airplane apparently did not gain enough height and flew into a hill.

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