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Last updated: 30 July 2021
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Date:Saturday 3 November 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-15-CU Commando
Operator:Sociedad de Transportes Aéreos - ALA
Registration: CC-CAH-331
MSN: 33544
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near San Miguel Bay (   Panama)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV/MUHA), Cuba
Destination airport:Panama City-Tocumen International Airport (PTY/MPTO), Panama
Narrative:
The C-46 cargo plane aircraft had left Havana, Cuba at 05:38 and was last in contact at 10:05 over San Blas islands. It was subsequently declared missing at 10:45.
Damaged beyond repair following a forced landing on a beach. There were five crew members, two passengers and a cargo of pigs on board the plane.

Classification:
Forced landing outside airport

Sources:
» El Siglo de Torreon 5 November 1956, p.3
» Diario de la marina 4 November 1956, p.1


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Distance from Havana-José Martí International Airport to Panama City-Tocumen International Airport as the crow flies is 1571 km (982 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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