Narrative:A Curtiss C-46 transport plane was destroyed in an accident at Santa Cruz-Viru Viru International Airport (VVI), Bolivia. Three crew members were killed, one survived.
The flight departed Santa Cruz (VVI) on a domestic flight to Cobija (CIJ). The airplane crashed about 200 m from the northern end of runway (16/34).
Local news reports indicate that the accident happened when the pilot executed a go around during a return to Viru Viru Airport shortly after takeoff.
Weather reported about the time of the accident (ca 08:15 local / 12:15 UTC) was reported as:
SLVR 211200Z 19018KT 3000 -RA SCT005 BKN017 FEW030CB OVC070 21/20 Q1016
[12:00 UTC: Wind 190 degrees at 18 knots; visibility 3000m in rain; Scattered clouds at 500 feet; Broken clouds at 1700 feet; Few cumulonimbus clouds at 3000 feet; Overcast at 7000 feet; temperature 21 deg C; Dew point 20 deg C.; QNH 1016 mb.
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» El Diario 22-4-2012
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 Santa Cruz-Viru Viru International Airport to Cobija-E. Beltram Airport as the crow flies is 950 km (594 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.