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Last updated: 29 November 2021
Date:Tuesday 8 September 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-30-DK (DC-3)
Operator:TACA de Honduras
Registration: XH-TAR
MSN: 25262/13817
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) from San Andres (   Honduras)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:San Pedro Sula-Ramon Villeda Morales Airport (SAP/MHLM), Honduras
Destination airport:San Andres, Honduras
The aircraft took off from San Pedro Sula at 12:42 for a flight to San Andres. Arriving there, a missed approach procedure was carried out during which the no. 2 engine failed. The aircraft crashed into a mountain, 5 km past the airport.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of the right engine when the pilot wished to obtain maximum power from both engines after a missed landing."

» Douglas DC-3 Production List (Issue no. 28)
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 39-AN/34 (113-114)


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