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Last updated: 26 January 2022
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Date:Thursday 7 September 1972
Time:17:57
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-40-CU Commando
Operator:SAVCO - Servicios Aéreos Virgen de Copacabana
Registration: CP-959
MSN: 26903
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Trinidad Airport (TDD) (   Bolivia)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Trinidad Airport (TDD/SLTR), Bolivia
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The C-46 reached 20 m after a takeoff run of 1200 m (using runway 31) when the no. 1 engine failed. The aircraft banked left, lost height, touched down again and ran through small trees and a fence . The right gear collapsed and the nose hit the ground.

Classification:
Runway excursion

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