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Date:Friday 2 July 1948
Time:15:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A
Operator:private
Registration: NC75984
MSN: 4893
First flight: 1942
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pico de Orizaba (   Mexico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Minatitlán/Coatzacoalcos International Airport (MTT/MMMT), Mexico
Destination airport:Mexico City International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico
Narrative:
The aircraft crashed into the Pico de Orizaba, also known as Citlaltépetl, the highest mountain in Mexico. The DC-3 was chartered by the Mexican-United States Commission for the Eradication of Foot-and-Mouth Disease.

Classification:

Sources:
» Mt. Pleasant Daily Times, July 6, 1948
» El Siglo de Torreón


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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

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 2636th loss
  • 870th fatal accident
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