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Last updated: 19 September 2021
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Datum:woensdag 21 januari 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-15-CU Commando
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Linea Expresa Bolivar - LEBCA
Registratie: YV-C-LBI
Constructienummer: 33411
Bouwjaar: 1945
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 2 / inzittenden: 2
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 2 / inzittenden: 2
Totaal:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 4
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:32 km (20 mijl) NE of Mérida (   Venezuela)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse charter
Vliegveld van vertrek:Mérida-A Carnevalli Airport (MRD/SVMD), Venezuela
Vliegveld van aankomst:Lagunillas Airport (LGY), Venezuela
Beschrijving:
The Curtiss C-46 departed Merida at 15:05 for a flight to Lagunillas and Maracaibo. En route at 7000 feet it appeared that the El Callejon pass was cloud-covered. The aircraft made a 180deg turn over Ejido, started climbing and continued on a 30deg heading. Still in clouds, the aircraft crashed into the Páramo La Culata at an altitude of 13500 feet.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was due to flying the aircraft at insufficient altitude over an area apparently unfamiliar to the pilot."



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Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Mérida-A Carnevalli Airport en Lagunillas Airport bedraagt 27 km (17 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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