ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-85-DL (DC-3) YV-C-AZQ Páramo Turmal
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 9 March 1961
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-85-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Linea Aeropostal Venezolana - LAV
Registration: YV-C-AZQ
MSN: 19986
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:23352
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Páramo Turmal (   Venezuela)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:San Antonio del Tachira Airport (SVZ/SVSA), Venezuela
Destination airport:Caracas-Maiquetía Airport (CCS/SVMI), Venezuela
The DC-3 took off from San Antonio del Tachira at 12:30 for a 2h45 min flight to Maiquetia. The plane didn't arrive at the destination and was found to have crashed at Páramo Turmal.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A navigational error in course of an instrument flight at insufficient altitude caused the accident. Contributing factors were: (1) failure to follow the route San Antonio-Maiquetia as called for by the LAV Operations Manual; (2) the flight took place outside of the route established by the National Airways Division; (3) overconfidence of the pilot in his knowledge of the route; (4) instrument flight which prevented visual checking of the position of the aircraft."

» ICAO Digest 13 (Circular 69)


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Distance from San Antonio del Tachira Airport to Caracas-Maiquetía Airport as the crow flies is 669 km (418 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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