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Accident description
Last updated: 24 October 2017
Date:Friday 4 December 1970
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47 (DC-3)
Operator:Fuerza Aérea Nicaragua
Registration: 411
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1 km (0.6 mls) from Turrialba Volcano (   Costa Rica)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Managua Airport (MGA/MNMG), Nicaragua
Destination airport:Panama City-Tocumen International Airport (PTY/MPTO), Panama
A Douglas C-47 transport plane, operated by the Nicaragua Air Force, flew into a mountainside surrounding the Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica. All six on board were killed.
There was a storm in the area with heavy rainfall at the time of the accident.

» La Nacion 4-12-1970


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Managua Airport to Panama City-Tocumen International Airport as the crow flies is 812 km (507 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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