Airplane Crash - Louisville, Kentucky 09/28/1953

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Louisville, Kentucky


Date09/28/1953
Time16:18
LocationLouisville, Kentucky
OperatorResort Airlines
RoutePhiladelphia - Louisville
TypeCurtiss C-46F-1-CU
RegistrationN66534
Cn/In22384
Aboard41
Fatalities25
Ground0
SummaryWhile the plane was attempting to land it entered a steep climb, stalled and crashed. The structural failure of the left elevator in flight, causing loss of control. This structural failure was brought about by the left outboard hinge bolt backing out of the assembly. The underlying cause was improper maintenance which resulted in the installation of hinge bolts and bearings not meeting specifications, and inadequate inspection which failed to detect this condition.

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