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Accident description
Last updated: 19 March 2018
Date:Sunday 3 August 1975
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47 (DC-3)
Operator:Fuerza Aérea Nicaragua
Registration: 412
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Punta Amapala (   El Salvador)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Departure airport:Veracruz-Las Bajadas Airport (VER/MMVR), Mexico
Destination airport:San Salvador/Ilopango International Airport (SAL/MSSS), El Salvador
Bad weather forced the C-47 to divert from Ilopango to an alternate airport. The aircraft crashed into the Pacific as a result of fuel exhaustion.
The airplane operated on a flight from Veracruz, Mexico to Managua, Nicaragua with an en route stop at San Salvador.

» Scramble 290
» El Siglo de Torreon 4 August 1975, p.1


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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 Veracruz-Las Bajadas Airport to San Salvador/Ilopango International Airport as the crow flies is 961 km (601 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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