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Date:Tuesday 8 December 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-40-CU Commando
Operator:Sociedad Aeronautica Medellin - SAM
Registration: HK-515
MSN: 26941
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 42 / Occupants: 42
Total:Fatalities: 45 / Occupants: 45
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:off Moron Island (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:San Andrés Island Airport (ADZ/SKSP), Colombia
Destination airport:Cartagena Airport (CTG/SKCG), Colombia
The Curtiss C-46 was on the first leg of a San Andrés Island Airport (ADZ) - Cartagena (CTG) - Medellin flight. Last radio contact was at 11:27, 20 minutes after takeoff, when the aircraft reported over reporting point PC-2 at 9500 feet in visual conditions. Some 8 days later the right main gear wheel assembly was found near Moron Island.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The cause of the accident could not be determined."


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Distance from San Andrés Island Airport to Cartagena Airport as the crow flies is 712 km (445 miles).

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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Curtiss C-46

  • 3341 built
  • 853rd loss
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