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Last updated: 4 December 2021
Date:Friday 10 October 1947
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-1-DK (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 43-48296
MSN: 25557/14112
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:64 km (40 mls) SSW of Borja (   Peru)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Talara Airport (TYL/SPYL), Peru
Destination airport:Iquitos Airport (IQT/SPQT), Peru
Crashed in Andes mountains. Found after ten days. Colonel John R. Hawkins (Chief of US Air Force Mission Peru) was among those killed.

» Noticias de hoy 15 October 1947, p12
» El Litoral, 21 October 1947, p2
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Millville Army Air Field: America's First Defense Airport / John J. Galluzzo


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Talara Airport to Iquitos Airport as the crow flies is 882 km (551 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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