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Status:Preliminary
Date:Tuesday 12 October 1999
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6B
Operator:Air Beni
Registration: CP-2291
MSN: 43272/190
First flight: 1951
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:La Paz-El Alto Airport (LPB) (   Bolivia)
Phase: Standing (STD)
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Narrative:
Some repair work had been done and a mechanic and a flight engineer tried to start the engines. Suddenly a fire erupted in the no. 2 engine and both crewmembers fled from the aircraft without following the correct emergency procedures. It is said that a.o. the fuel pumps were operating at high pressure. The fire spread, destroying part of the fuselage. The airport fire fighting services were practicing elsewhere on the airport and failed to reach the scene in time. A local newspaper argued that the aircraft might have been set afire deliberately because a plastic bottle was found in the no. 2 engine, containing a fuel, apparently kerosene, different from the gasoline used by the DC-6B. The aircraft had been insured for USD 360,000.

Classification:
Damaged on the ground

Sources:
» Airnieuws 364 (p. 95)
» La Razon


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