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Accident description
Last updated: 23 February 2018
Date:Wednesday 20 January 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D Commando
Operator:Fuerza Aérea del Peru - FAP
Registration: FAP-331 ?
C/n / msn: 32961 ?
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 35
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Palca (   Peru)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Mazamari-Manuel Prado Ugarteche Aiport (SPMF), Peru
Destination airport:Lima-Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM/SPIM), Peru
Crashed in the Cuti Padre mountain range, which is part of the central Andes. The C-46 a.o. carried members of a civil guard anti-guerrilla force.
The aircraft was quoted being FAP-381, however this serial was used by a DC-6. Possibly C-46 FAP-331 was involved.

» Military Aviation Disasters / D.Gero
» La Nacion 22 January 1971, p24


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Distance from Mazamari-Manuel Prado Ugarteche Aiport to Lima-Jorge Chávez International Airport as the crow flies is 290 km (181 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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