Accident Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando 44-77577, Sunday 23 July 1950
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Date:Sunday 23 July 1950
Time:10:22
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando
Owner/operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 44-77577
MSN: 32973
Year of manufacture:1944
Fatalities:Fatalities: 39 / Occupants: 39
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:3 km W of Myrtle Beach, SC -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Myrtle Beach AFB, SC (MYR/KMYR)
Destination airport:Nashville Metropolitan Airport, TN (BNA/KBNA)
Narrative:
The left aileron detached after takeoff. The aircraft lost control at an altitude of about 1000-2000 feet. Both wings failed and the airplane crashed.
Investigation revealed that the centre section of the left aileron had torn loose, causing the entire aileron to separate.

Sources:

Military aviation disasters : significant losses since 1908 / D. Gero, 1999
https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1950-07-24/ed-1/seq-4/ (Evening star, July 24, 1950)

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