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TWA Flight 513, registration NC86513, Star of Lisbon, was a Lockheed L-049 Constellation operated by Transcontinental and Western Air on a training flight on July 11, 1946 when it crashed near Reading, Pennsylvania. Electrical wiring in the baggage compartment arced, starting a fire. The smoke and intense fire created made it impossible for the pilots to maintain control of the aircraft. Of the six crewmembers aboard, five were killed. This accident is memorable for grounding all Lockheed Constellations from July 12 until August 23, 1946 when cargo fire detection equipment could be installed. The crash was referred to in Martin Scorsese's film The Aviator, based on the life of TWA's then-owner, Howard Hughes.

TWA Flight 513
TWA L-049.jpg
A TWA L-049, similar to Flight 513.
DateJuly 11, 1946
SummaryIn-flight fire
SiteBern Township, Berks County, near Reading, Pennsylvania
40°24′58″N 75°59′29″W / 40.41611°N 75.99139°W / 40.41611; -75.99139Coordinates: 40°24′58″N 75°59′29″W / 40.41611°N 75.99139°W / 40.41611; -75.99139
Aircraft typeLockheed L-049 Constellation
Aircraft nameStar of Lisbon
OperatorTranscontinental & Western Air

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  1. ^ "NC86513 accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 16 August 2013.

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