Airplane Crash - Reading, Pennsylvania 07/11/1946

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Reading, Pennsylvania


Date07/11/1946
LocationReading, Pennsylvania
OperatorTrans Continental and Western Air
Flight #513
RouteTraining flight
TypeLockheed L-049 Constellation
RegistrationNC86513
Cn/In2040
Aboard6
Fatalities5
Ground0
SummaryThe flight crashed due to an in-flight fire caused by failure of a generator lead-through stud installation in the baggage compartment causing intense heat due to electrical arching, ignition of fuselage insulation and creation of smoke rendering the crew incapable of controlling the aircraft. The plane crashed into powerlines and trees and burst into flames. The accident led to a 30-day grounding of all L-049s. The plane was named Star of Lisbon. Training flight.

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