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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Thursday 1 July 1948
Time:ca 15:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3
Operator:Unknown
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Pico de Orizaba (   Mexico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Minatitlán/Coatzacoalcos International Airport (MTT/MMMT), Mexico
Destination airport:Mexico City International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico
Narrative:
A Douglas DC-3 passenger plane was destroyed when it crashed during a flight between Minatitlan (MTT) and Mexico City (MEX), Mexico. The airplane was chartered by the U.S.-Mexico Foot and Mouth Disease Commission.
The airplane went missing during a severe storm over mountainous terrain. The wreckage was found on the slope of the 18225 foot Orizaba Peak on July 4, 1948.

Sources:
» St. Petersburg Times - Jul 4, 1948
» The Spokesman-Review - Jul 5, 1948
» El Siglo de Torreón 5 July 1948, p1


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Distance from Minatitlán/Coatzacoalcos International Airport to Mexico City International Airport as the crow flies is 493 km (308 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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Douglas DC-3

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  • 2603rd loss
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