Airplane Crash - Elizabeth, New Jersey 12/16/1951

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Elizabeth, New Jersey


Date12/16/1951
Time15:09
LocationElizabeth, New Jersey
OperatorMiami Airlines
RouteFort Smith - Newark
TypeCurtiss Wright C-46F
RegistrationN1678M
Cn/In22572
Aboard56
Fatalities56
Ground1
SummaryShortly after taking off from Newark Airport the control tower noticed smoke emanating from the right engine. Minutes later the aircraft gradually descended, its left wing dropped and the aircraft struck the roof of a vacant building. Hold-down studs in the number 10 cylinder of the right engine failed due to fatigue. Fire erupted at the base of the failed cylinder. Extension of the landing gear and loss of the right engine led to the aircraft stalling at the height of about 200 ft. The aircraft was also overloaded by 117 pounds. A stall with the landing gear extended following a serious loss of power from the right engine. This loss of power was caused by the failure of the hold-down studs of the No. 10 cylinder, precipitating a fire in flight which became uncontrollable.

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