Accident Curtiss C-46A Commando HK-354X, Monday 26 November 1962
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Date:Monday 26 November 1962
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Curtiss C-46A Commando
Owner/operator:Lineas Aéreas La Urraca
Registration: HK-354X
MSN: 30379
Year of manufacture:1944
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Kingston -   Jamaica
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Kingston Airport (KIN/MKJP)
Destination airport:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The Curtiss C-46 operated on a ferry flight from Fairbanks to Bogotá via Miami and Kingston, carrying four spare engines and spare parts. The plane arrived at Kingston on November 25, 17:01 GMT. Following refueling of the aircraft, fuel was observed venting from the right front tank. This caused a delay in departure. At 08:47 GMT the next day, the C-46 lifted off from runway 29 after a long takeoff run and was cleared to climb ahead to 1500 feet. The plane started to turn left on crossing the coastline. Three minutes after takeoff, while still in a shallow climbing left-hand turn, the aircraft flew onto the southern face of Port Henderson Hills at a height of 700 feet. After scraping along rough ground over the brow of the hill, the aircraft fell down a steep precipipe and caught fire.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The aircraft was turned during the climb after takeoff at a height insufficient to clear rising ground. The ability of the pilot to avoid the hill may have been affected by some mechanical or other failure, although the occurrence of such a failure was not established. A contributing factor was that the carriage of one pilot was inadequate for the safe operation of an aircraft of this type."


ICAO Accident Digest No.14 Volume II, Circular 71-AN/63 (134-136)
El Tiempo 27 November 1962, p1+18

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