ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-33 (DC-2) 36-78 Puntarenas
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Date:Saturday 7 December 1940
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-33 (DC-2)
Operator:United States Army Air Corps - USAAC
Registration: 36-78
MSN: 1511
First flight: 1936
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Puntarenas (   Costa Rica)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Managua Airport (MGA/MNMG), Nicaragua
Destination airport:Colón-France Field (ONX/MPEJ), Panama
Forced landing in uneven country near Puntarenas due to one engine on fire. One occupant was injured.

Forced landing outside airport

» Evening Star 8 December 1940, p10
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)


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Distance from Managua Airport to Colón-France Field as the crow flies is 751 km (469 miles).

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