ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3) 956 Batuco
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Date:Tuesday 13 April 1954
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Fuerza Aérea de Chile
Registration: 956
MSN: 4470
First flight: 1942
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Batuco (   Chile)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Santiago-Los Cerrillos Airport (ULC/SCTI), Chile
Destination airport:Iquique-Chucumata Airport (IQQ/SCDA), Chile
The Douglas C-47 crashed about eight minutes after takeoff from Santiago-Los Cerrillos Airport, Chile. The radio operator reported that the left engine had failed. Shortly afterwards the engine is said to have broken away from the wing.
The flight crew then lost control of the aircraft and the C-47 crashed.
There were nine passengers and five crew members on board with an additional cargo of 2500 kg of meat.

Engine separation
Loss of control

» El Tiempo 14 April 1954, p8
» Scramble 293
» La Nación (Santiago), 14 April 1954


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Distance from Santiago-Los Cerrillos Airport to Iquique-Chucumata Airport as the crow flies is 1438 km (898 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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