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Last updated: 19 October 2017
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Date:Monday 9 March 1987
Time:23:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-50-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Aero Express
Registration: N49454
C/n / msn: 10177
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Guarita (   Honduras)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The DC-3 was shot down by a Honduran Air Force Dassault Mystère fighter plane after the pilot failed to identify himself. The aircraft used the fake callsign HK-303.
Officials said that they suspected the plane was involved in smuggling narcotics.
The airplane had departed Guatemala City at 09:39 on a test flight to El Estor. After takeoff the crew radioed that they wanted to return to Guatemala City. That was the last contact with the flight.

Sources:
» La Nación 11 March 1987, p1+24A
» Air Combat Information Group
» Aviation Letter 247
» NY Times, 11-3-1987
» El Siglo de Torreon 11 March 1987, p.6
» El Siglo de Torreon 12 March 1987, p.28


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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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