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Last updated: 11 December 2017
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Date:Thursday 28 February 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47 (DC-3)
Operator:Fuerza Aérea Guatemalteca
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 31
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:65 km (40.6 mls) from Poptun (   Guatemala)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport (GUA/MGGT), Guatemala
Destination airport:Poptun Airport (PON/MGPP), Guatemala
Narrative:
Crashed in a mountainous area. The airplane carried army officers with family members on an excursion to Poptun.

Sources:
» The Telegraph-Herald - Feb 29, 1980
» Aviation Letter 164


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Distance from Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport to Poptun Airport as the crow flies is 226 km (141 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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