Accident Curtiss C-46 Commando AN-AOE, Friday 15 December 1961
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Date:Friday 15 December 1961
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Curtiss C-46 Commando
Owner/operator:Líneas Aéreas de Nicaragua - LANICA
Registration: AN-AOE
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Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Managua Airport (MGA) -   Nicaragua
Phase: Approach
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Managua Airport (MGA/MNMG)
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA)
Narrative:
The Curtiss departed Las Mercedes Airport at 11:00 for an IFR cargo flight to Miami. Shortly after takeoff control difficulties forced the crew to return to the airport. On final approach the plane went into a spin and crashed at an angle of 45-50deg on its right wing. A fire erupted.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was attributed to cargo displacement towards the rear of the aircraft during the takeoff run or immediately after taking off."

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