Narrative:The C-54 cargo plane was operating on a flight from Iquitos, Peru to Miami with intermediate stops at Cali and Panama City. The cargo of wild animals was loaded and the plane departed Iquitos at 13:25 GMT, landing at Cali four hours later. The plane was refueled and repairs were carried out on the no. 2 and 3 engines before it departed at 21:20 GMT. It arrived at Panama City at 23:20 and after refuelling the flight took off from runway 03 at 23:33 local time. During takeoff a malfunction occurred in the no. 2 engine, resulting in a fire in the accessory section of the engine. The fire intensified because oil or fuel leaked from severed lines. The fire and a fuel tank explosion destroyed some of the control surfaces, causing the plane to descend uncontrollably. The plane struck a mahogany tree at a height of about 70 feet and then several others before coming to rest 2,5 miles NE of runway 03.
|Date:||Wednesday 4 August 1965|
|Operator:||Rutas Internacionales Peruanes SA - RIPSA|
|C/n / msn:|| 10826|
|First flight:|| 1945|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4|
|Total:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||4 km (2.5 mls) NE of Panama City-Tocumen International Airport (PTY) (Panama)
|Phase:|| Initial climb (ICL)|
|Destination airport:||Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Commission of Inquiry decided that this accident was probably caused by faulty maintenance."
» ICAO Circular 88-AN/74 (168-170)