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Last updated: 10 December 2017
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Date:Monday 1 June 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46
Operator:Aerolineas Nacionales
Registration: TI-1022
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:within Nicaragua (   Nicaragua)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:San José-La Sabana Airport, Costa Rica
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
A Curtiss C-46 aircraft, operated by Aerolineas Nacionales, departed San José-La Sabana Airport, Costa Rica at 06:21 on a flight to a farm airstrip near Volcán. It was supposed to transport a cargo a meat from Volcán to Curaçao.
The airplane never arrived at Volcán. Instead, it landed at an unknown location in Costa Rica were a cargo of arms was loaded on the plane. It then departed for Nicaragua to support the armed uprising against President Somoza.
The airplane was shot down by a Nicaraguan Air Force P-51 fighter plane and crashed. All aboard were reportedly killed. It is not known if there were additional passengers on board.

Classification:
Shot down by aircraft
Loss of control

Sources:
» Air Combat Information Group
» La Nacion - May 31, 1959


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