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Accident description
Last updated: 28 August 2016
Date:Wednesday 14 August 1974
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-AMX
C/n / msn: 95
First flight: 1956
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 44
Total:Fatalities: 48 / Occupants: 48
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) SW of Porlamar Airport, Isla Margarita (   Venezuela)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:CumanŠ Airport (CUM/SVCU), Venezuela
Destination airport:Porlamar Airport, Venezuela
The Viscount struck the Cerro Piache, 8 m below the summit. At the time of the crash tropical storm Alma was passing by Trinidad, 60 miles to the east. The co-pilot on this flight, Ivan Magallanes, initially survived the accident. He died however 17 days later as a result of severe and irreversible brain damage.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Eugene Register-Guard - Aug 15, 1974


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Distance from CumanŠ Airport to Porlamar Airport as the crow flies is 66 km (41 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkís 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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