Accident description
Last updated: 3 September 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 8 May 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas VC-47J (DC-3)
Operator:Aerotécnica
Registration: YV-C-GAI
C/n / msn: 15168/26613
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Rio Orinoco (   Venezuela) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Ciudad Bolívar Airport (CBL/SVCB), Venezuela
Destination airport:La Centella, Venezuela
Narrative:
The DC-3 struck a mountain about thirty minutes after takeoff from Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela. Conflicting reports say the airplane was headed for La Centella or the Cuchivero mines.

Sources:
» El Tiempo 9 May 1972, p.6A


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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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