Accident description
Last updated: 30 July 2014
Status:Final
Date:Friday 22 January 1943
Time:15:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A-399
Operator:Pan American Grace Airways (Panagra)
Registration: NC33645
C/n / msn: 4124
First flight: 1941
Total airframe hrs:3179
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 15
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:NE of Chaparra (   Peru)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Arequipa-Rodriguez Ballon Airport (AQP/SPQU), Peru
Destination airport:Lima-Callao International Airport (LIM/SPIM), Peru
Flightnumber: 9
Narrative:
Trip No. 9 departed from Santiago, Chile at 05:30 with Lima, Peru as its destination. The flight arrived at Arequipa, Peru at 13:59 for an intermediate stop. It left Arequipa at 14:09. At 14:25, the captain reported to Arequipa that the flight was "leaving control zone altitude 12,200, climbing on instruments, course 290."
Fifty minutes later, the DC-3 struck a mountain peak at an elevation of about 13,000 feet.


PROBABLE CAUSE: "Action of the pilot in continuing the flight on instruments in the overcast, contrary to company flight procedure of which, according to the evidence, the pilot was aware. CONTRIBUTING FACTORS: 1. Absence of adequate flight dispatch control by the company.; 2. Failure of the company to inaugurate and maintain written flight and operating procedures in such a form as to be constantly available for the guidance of pilots and dispatchers."

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» CAB File No. 408-43


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Distance from Arequipa-Rodriguez Ballon Airport to Lima-Callao International Airport as the crow flies is 763 km (477 miles).

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