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Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:
Date:Friday 28 October 1983
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46R Commando
Operator:Transportes Aéreos Bolivar
Registration: CP-916
C/n / msn: 30394
First flight: 1942
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:9 km (5.6 mls) E of La Paz-El Alto Airport (LPB) (   Bolivia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:El Salvador Airport (SLEV), Bolivia
Destination airport:La Paz-El Alto Airport (LPB/SLLP), Bolivia
Narrative:
A Curtiss C-46R Commando cargo plane was damaged beyond repair in a crash-landing near La Paz.
The airplane departed from the El Salvador Airport carrying a cargo of 5000 kg of meat. En route at 17,000 feet the no. 1 engine failed with two loud bangs. Dense smoke entered the cabin. The crew proceeded to shut down the engine. Efforts to feather the propeller failed and the engine continued to burn. The crew expected not to be able to reach the La Paz airport, which was situated at an altitude of about 13,000 feet. The two passengers tried to jettison packages of meat through a partly opened cargo door as the plane kept descending over downsloping terrain. Finally a forced landing was carried out on rocky terrain near a river in a part of the La Paz city located at an elevation of about 10,700 feet. The engines separated.

Sources:
» El día que La Paz vio llover carne / Erich Kierig Calvo


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Distance from El Salvador Airport to La Paz-El Alto Airport as the crow flies is 270 km (169 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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