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Accident description
Last updated: 17 November 2017
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Date:Tuesday 28 November 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic TRIM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ford 5-AT-D Tri-Motor
Operator:TACA de Honduras
Registration: XH-TAN
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:N of Tegucigalpa (   Honduras)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tegucigalpa-Toncontin Airport (TGU/MHTG), Honduras
Destination airport:San Pedro Sula-Ramon Villeda Morales Airport (SAP/MHLM), Honduras
Narrative:
Crashed when a wing failed in flight. The structure had probably weakened due to vibration, turbulence and constant operation from rough fields.

Sources:
» The Ford Tri-Motor 1926-1992 / William T. Larkins
» El Siglo de Torreón 29 November 1944, p


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Distance from Tegucigalpa-Toncontin Airport to San Pedro Sula-Ramon Villeda Morales Airport as the crow flies is 171 km (107 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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