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Last updated: 20 January 2019
Date:Wednesday 3 November 1965
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54G (DC-4)
Operator:Fuerza Aérea Argentina - FAA
Registration: TC-48
C/n / msn: 35983
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 60 / Occupants: 60
Total:Fatalities: 69 / Occupants: 69
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:off Puerto Limon (   Costa Rica)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Balboa-Howard AFB (BLB/MPHO), Panama
Destination airport:San Salvador-Comalapa International Airport (SAL/MSLP), El Salvador
A Douglas C-54 transport plane went missing en route between Balboa-Howard AFB (BLB), Panama and San Salvador Airport (SAL), El Salvador. The wreckage was never found and all 69 on board are presumed dead.
The airplane was over sea when the crew radioed a distress call, stating they were trying to divert to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. Nothing more was heard from the flight

» La Nacion - Nov 4, 1965


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Balboa-Howard AFB to San Salvador-Comalapa International Airport as the crow flies is 1141 km (713 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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