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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
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Date:Friday 15 December 1950
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:AVENSA
Registration: YV-C-AVU
C/n / msn: 4432
First flight: 1942
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 28
Total:Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 31
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Páramo Las Siete Lagunas (   Venezuela)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mérida-A Carnevalli Airport (MRD/SVMD), Venezuela
Destination airport:Caracas-Maiquetía Airport (CCS/SVMI), Venezuela
Narrative:
The C-47 aircraft was chartered to fly 27 school boys and a medical student from Mérida to Caracas, Venezuela. The aircraft took off at 12:13 and followed the usual route through the Chama Valley. In poor weather the aircraft impacted a mountainside at 2800 m, killing all aboard.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Accidentes de aviación en Mérida


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Distance from Mérida-A Carnevalli Airport to Caracas-Maiquetía Airport as the crow flies is 507 km (317 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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