Accident Curtiss C-46A-55-CK Commando N446M, Thursday 10 May 1973
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Date:Thursday 10 May 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Curtiss C-46A-55-CK Commando
Owner/operator:Joel Guinn
Registration: N446M
MSN: 133
Year of manufacture:1944
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:5 km from Ellington AFB, TX -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Houston-Ellington Field, TX (EFD/KEFD)
Destination airport:Miami (unknown airport), FL
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The C-46 departed Ellington AFB 1120 lb (508 kg) overloaded. On climbout the right propeller oversped. The crew was unable to lower the gear and carried out a wheels-up landing in a field along the I-45 west of the airport.

powerplant - propeller and accessories: other
miscellaneous - foreign material affecting normal operations
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: inadequate maintenance and inspection
pilot in command - failed to follow approved procedures,directives,etc.
pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improperly loaded aircraft-weight-and/or c.g.
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improper emergency procedures
miscellaneous acts,conditions - intentional wheels-up




photo (c) Dean Straw; 3mls from Ellington AFB, TX

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