Narrative:Because of the 1948-1949 Arab-Israeli conflict the USA had enforced an arms embargo on a.o. Israel. Thus, the Panamanian airline LAPSA (Lineas Aéreas de Panama) was used as a cover for the acquisition of ten C-46 and three L-049 Constellations, by Israeli agents in the USA during late 1947/early 1948. Five C-46's left the U.S. for Panama, making an intermediate stop at Mexico City. On takeoff from Mexico City, one of the C-46's failed to lift off the runway and crashed.
|Date:||Wednesday 14 April 1948|
|Operator:||Heyl Ha'Avir (Israeli Air Force)|
|Registration:|| RX-138 ?|
|C/n / msn:|| |
|First flight:|| |
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Mexico City (Mexico)
|Phase:|| Takeoff (TOF)|
|Departure airport:||Mexico City International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico|
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