Accident Curtiss C-46F Commando N5140B, Wednesday 2 September 1959
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Date:Wednesday 2 September 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Curtiss C-46F Commando
Owner/operator:Aaxico Airlines
Registration: N5140B
MSN: 26809
Year of manufacture:1944
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51M1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Abiline-Dyess AFB, TX -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Abilene-Dyess AFB, TX (DYS/KDYS)
Destination airport:Fort Worth-Carswell AFB, TX (FWH/KNFW)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The Aaxico Curtiss C-46 was flying en route near Abilene when elevator control was lost. An emergency was declared and the crew carried out a GCA assisted emergency approach to Dyess AFB using power and trim for pitch control. The aircraft touched down safely but started to porpoise. The crew applied full power and the aircraft climbed steeply to a height of 150-200 feet. The plane then stalled, pitched down and crashed on the runway at an angle exceeding 45 degrees.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was loss of elevator control because of an improperly secured bolt, a condition which was undetected because of an inadequate inspection."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAB
Report number: final report
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 62-AN/57 (173-176)

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