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Accident description
Last updated: 28 November 2015
Date:Friday 5 February 1960
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4
Operator:Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano - LAB
Registration: CP-609
C/n / msn: 10510
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 55 / Occupants: 55
Total:Fatalities: 59 / Occupants: 59
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:15 km (9.4 mls) S of Cochabamba-J Wilsterman Airport (CBB) (   Bolivia)
Crash site elevation: 2752 m (9029 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cochabamba-J Wilsterman Airport (CBB/SLCB), Bolivia
Destination airport:La Paz-El Alto Airport (LPB/SLLP), Bolivia
The DC-4 crashed shortly after take-off into Laguna Huañacota, a mountain lagoon. Reportedly one engine had caught fire. A two-year old girl survived the impact but died on the way to a hospital.



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Distance from Cochabamba-J Wilsterman Airport to La Paz-El Alto Airport as the crow flies is 236 km (148 miles).

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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