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Accident description
Last updated: 21 November 2017
Date:Monday 25 January 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 749 Viscount
Operator:Linea Aeropostal Venezolana - LAV
Registration: YV-C-AMV
C/n / msn: 94
First flight: 1956
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 43
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 47
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near La Azulita (   Venezuela)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mérida-A Carnevalli Airport (MRD/SVMD), Venezuela
Destination airport:Caracas-Maiquetía Airport (CCS/SVMI), Venezuela
Flightnumber: 359
The Viscount contacted trees and crash-landed on a wooded mountain slope in the Andes.

» The News and Courier - Jan 26, 1971
» El Siglo de Torreón - Jan 26, 1971


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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 Mérida-A Carnevalli Airport to Caracas-Maiquetía Airport as the crow flies is 507 km (317 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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