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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:
Date:Friday 12 May 1961
Time:12:25 GMT
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R4D-4 (DC-3)
Operator:Lineas Aéreas Costarricenses - LACSA
Registration: TI-1006C
C/n / msn: 4960
First flight: 1942
Total airframe hrs:30385
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cerro Arenal (   Costa Rica)
Crash site elevation: 1432 m (4698 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:San José-La Sabana Airport, Costa Rica
Destination airport:Upala Airport (UPL/MRPP), Costa Rica
Narrative:
The DC-3 impacted the side of a mountain at 4700 feet, 20 minutes after takeoff from San José-La Sabana Airport Costa Rica.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause: "The aircraft was a little off course at the time of the accident, possible because of the strong northeast winds in the area. A slightly premature descent had been made apparently without the crew noticing the hill, because of a stratus formation."

Sources:
» La Nacion


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Distance from San José-La Sabana Airport to Upala Airport as the crow flies is 65 km (41 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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