Accident description
Last updated: 28 July 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 24 May 1956
Time:ca 10:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Aviateca
Registration: TG-AHA
C/n / msn: 6052
First flight: 1942
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 28
Total:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 31
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Sierra de Las Minas (   Guatemala)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport (GUA/MGGT), Guatemala
Destination airport:La Tinta, Guatemala
Narrative:
A Douglas C-47 passenger plane, TG-AHA, operated by Aviateca crashed during a domestic flight in Guatemala. All but one of the 31 occupants were killed.
The aircraft struck trees on a mountainside and crashed at an elevation of about 8500 feet. Initially five occupants survived but four of them died in the days following the accident. The sole survivor, Roberto Obando, was found and rescued on May 30.

The airplane operated on a flight from Guatemala City to Puerto Barrios with an en route stop at La Tinta. Reportedly the stop at La Tinta was skipped because of poor weather.


Sources:
» Prensa Libre (21-5-2006)


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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