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Last updated: 27 May 2020
Date:Friday 6 October 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R6D-1 (DC-6)
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 131618
C/n / msn: 43721/375
First flight: 1953
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:17 km (10.6 mls) S of Santiago de Chile (   Chile)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Concepcion-Carriel Sur Airport (CCP/SCIE), Chile
Destination airport:Santiago Airport (SLTG), Bolivia
The R6D-1 Navy transport plane impacted a hill south of Santiago de Chile, killing all aboard. The first approach was made in bad weather and a missed approach was executed. In circling for another approach the plane hit a 3000 foot mountain at 2600 feet.
The airplane was taking part in Operation Unitas, a joint training exercise by the navies of the United States, Peru and Chile.

» St. Petersburg Times - Oct 7, 1978


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Distance from Concepcion-Carriel Sur Airport to Santiago Airport as the crow flies is 2504 km (1565 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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