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Last updated: 30 November 2021
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Date:Thursday 17 June 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47 (DC-3)
Operator:Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana
Registration: FAE502
MSN:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Pastaza-Shell Mera Airport (PTZ) (   Ecuador)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Pastaza-Shell Mera Airport (PTZ/SESM), Ecuador
Destination airport:Pastaza-Shell Mera Airport (PTZ/SESM), Ecuador
Narrative:
A Douglas C-47 transport plane of the Ecuador Air Force was being used for a crew training flight at Pastaza-Shell Mera Airport, Ecuador. On takeoff with the engines at full power, the aircraft swung to the right. The pilot overcorrected, sending the aircraft to the left, shedding parts of the left hand wing. It then ran over a mount and hit a tree stump. One engine broke away and the airplane swung around into Shell's administration building. One person inside the building was killed.

Sources:
» El Tiempo 19 June 1948, p8
» Scramble
» Airwork: A History / Keith McCloskey, 2012


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