Accident Curtiss C-46A-60-CK Commando HI-16, Thursday 17 July 1958
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Date:Thursday 17 July 1958
Time:10:16
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Curtiss C-46A-60-CK Commando
Owner/operator:Dominicana de Aviacion
Registration: HI-16
MSN: 442
Year of manufacture:1945
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Ciudad Trujillo-General Andrews International Airport (SDQ) -   Dominican Republic
Phase: Take off
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Ciudad Trujillo-General Andrews International Airport (SDQ/MDSD)
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
Flight 402 took off from Ciudad Trujillo runway 23 for a cargo flight to Miami. The Curtiss climbed to a height of 150 feet and entered a stall. The aircraft crashed about 300 feet to the left of the runway centerline and 200-300 feet short of the runway end.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was originally caused by a mechanical defect in the port engine. The immediate cause may have been that the crew, encountering difficulties, applied an abnormal procedure, apparently attempting an emergency wheels-up landing and immediately thereafter trying to resume normal flight by applying full power to both engines, as there was no sign that either propeller had been feathered. It is likely that propeller overspeed or excessive decrease in pitch, or difficulties in the attempt to reoperate the defective engine, combined with critical speed at the height reached on takeoff, created abnormal flight characteristics which caused the aircraft to stall and crash."

Sources:

ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (165-166)

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