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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Date:Friday 19 September 1947
Time:13:55 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54D-5-DC (DC-4)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 42-72554
C/n / msn: 10659
First flight: 1945
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2000-11
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) SW off Puerto San Juan (   Peru)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:La Paz-El Alto Airport (LPB/SLLP), Bolivia
Destination airport:Lima-Limatambo Airport (LIM/SPIM), Peru
Narrative:
Crashed after in-flight fire.

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Distance from La Paz-El Alto Airport to Lima-Limatambo Airport as the crow flies is 1066 km (666 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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