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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
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Date:Friday 22 February 1974
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-45-CU Commando
Operator:SAVCO - Servicios Aéreos Virgen de Copacabana
Registration: CP-1052
C/n / msn: 30195
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:8 km (5 mls) SW of San Francisco de Moxos (   Bolivia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Trinidad Airport (TDD/SLTR), Bolivia
Destination airport:Oruro Airport (ORU/SLOR), Bolivia
Narrative:
An electrical storm with severe turbulence probably caused the failure of ropes securing the cargo. The center of gravity (CG) shifted causing a loss of control.
The wreckage was found two days later.

Classification:
Turbulence
Centre of Gravity outside limits

Loss of control

Sources:
» La Nación 25 February 1974, p24A


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Distance from Trinidad Airport to Oruro Airport as the crow flies is 417 km (261 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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