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Accident description
Last updated: 29 November 2015
Date:Wednesday 21 February 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-70-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Aerovias Urraca
Registration: HP-560
C/n / msn: 19242
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 28
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Cerro Horqueta (   Panama)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:David-Enrique Malek Airport (DAV/MPDA), Panama
Destination airport:Changuinola-Cap. Manuel Niño Airport (CHX/MPCH), Panama
The DC-3 struck the Cerro Horqueta mountain.



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Distance from David-Enrique Malek Airport to Changuinola-Cap. Manuel Niño Airport as the crow flies is 118 km (74 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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