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Last updated: 28 January 2022
Datum:Donnerstag 1 Juli 1948
Zeit:ca 15:00
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3
Kennzeichen: registration unknown
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 12 / Insassen: 12
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 14 / Insassen: 14
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Pico de Orizaba (   Mexiko)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Minatitlán/Coatzacoalcos International Airport (MTT/MMMT), Mexiko
Flug nach:Mexico City International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexiko
A Douglas DC-3 passenger plane was destroyed when it crashed during a flight between Minatitlan (MTT) and Mexico City (MEX), Mexico. The airplane was chartered by the U.S.-Mexico Foot and Mouth Disease Commission.
The airplane went missing during a severe storm over mountainous terrain. The wreckage was found on the slope of the 18225 foot Orizaba Peak on July 4, 1948.

» St. Petersburg Times - Jul 4, 1948
» The Spokesman-Review - Jul 5, 1948
» El Siglo de Torreón 5 July 1948, p1


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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 Minatitlán/Coatzacoalcos International Airport to Mexico City International Airport as the crow flies is 493 km (308 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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Douglas DC-3

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  • 2634th loss
  • 862nd Fataler Unfall
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