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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:
Date:Thursday 24 February 1949
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3
Operator:Transporte Aéreo Militar - TAM Peru
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 26
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Cuzco Airport (CUZ) (   Peru)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cuzco-Velazco Astete Airport (CUZ/SPZO), Peru
Destination airport:Lima-Callao International Airport (LIM/SPIM), Peru
Narrative:
The left main undercarriage leg collapsed, causing the wing to touch the ground. The no. 1 propeller then separated, causing one of the blades to cut through the fuselage injuring the captain. A fire erupted as the plane came to a halt. The three flight crew members were unable to reach the passenger cabin due to the flames, so they exited the plane through the hole made by the propeller. The captain later died of his injuries.

Sources:
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 49)


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Distance from Cuzco-Velazco Astete Airport to Lima-Callao International Airport as the crow flies is 584 km (365 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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  • 2690th loss
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