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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Date:Saturday 28 August 1965
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47 (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Cali (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Balboa-Howard AFB (BLB/MPHO), Panama
Destination airport:Cali Airport (CLO/SKCL), Colombia
Crashed into mountain (Cerro Calima).

» El Tiempo 1 September 1965, p1+6
» El Tiempo 31 August 1965, p1+20


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Distance from Balboa-Howard AFB to Cali Airport as the crow flies is 692 km (432 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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