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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:
Date:Friday 9 December 1949
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47 (DC-3)
Operator:Fuerza Aérea Mexicana
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:off Baja California (   Mexico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Bahía Tortugas Airfield, Mexico
Destination airport:Ensenada Airport (ESE/MMES), Mexico
Narrative:
Disappeared over Pacific Ocean. Army officials on board.
It was being reported in local press that the aircraft carried seven thousand pounds of live lobsters, which would suggest that the aircraft could also have been operated by a civil airline, not the Mexican Air Force.

Sources:
» El Tiempo 12 December 1949,p8
» El Siglio de Torreon 12 December 1949, p1
» El Siglio de Torreon 28 December 1949, p3


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Distance from Bahía Tortugas Airfield to Ensenada Airport as the crow flies is 480 km (300 miles).

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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