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Last updated: 17 October 2017
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Date:Saturday 16 July 1932
Type:Silhouette image of generic TRIM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ford 5-AT-C Tri-Motor
Operator:Pan American Grace Airways (Panagra)
Registration: NC403H
C/n / msn: 5-AT-062
First flight: 1929-07-15 (3 years )
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Vitacura (   Chile)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Santiago (unknown airport), Chile
Destination airport:Mendoza-El Plumerillo Airport, MD (MDZ/SAME), Argentina
Narrative:
The Ford 5-AT-C Tri-Motor passenger plane, named "San José", crashed on Mount El Plomo in the Chilean Andes during a severe snowstorm. The wreckage was buried in ice and snow and was not found until March, 1934.

Sources:
» The Ford Tri-Motor 1926-1992 / William T. Larkins
» The Milwaukee Journal - Jul 18, 1932


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