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Accident description
Last updated: 27 November 2015
Date:Sunday 27 August 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Linea Aeropostal Venezolana - LAV
Registration: YV-C-AKE
C/n / msn: 4705
First flight: 1942
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 31
Total:Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 34
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Canaima Airport (CAJ) (   Venezuela)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Canaima Airport (CAJ/SVCN), Venezuela
Destination airport:Ciudad Bolívar Airport (CBL/SVCB), Venezuela
The DC-3 crashed while the crew where returning to the airport with a failed no. 1 engine.



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Distance from Canaima Airport to Ciudad Bolívar Airport as the crow flies is 222 km (139 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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