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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:
Date:Monday 27 October 1975
Time:ca 06:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-440-12
Operator:Transporte Aéreo Militar - TAM
Registration: TAM-44
C/n / msn: 328
First flight: 1956
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 63 / Occupants: 63
Total:Fatalities: 67 / Occupants: 67
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Cerro Colorado (   Bolivia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tomonoco, Bolivia
Destination airport:La Paz-El Alto Airport (LPB/SLLP), Bolivia
Narrative:
The airfield of Tomonoco is located on a tropical plain below the snow-capped peaks of the Andes mountain range. Pilots have to climb to FL100 to cross the mountains to La Paz. The airplane failed to climb sufficiently because it was overloaded and crashed in the Cerro Colorado mountains northeast of La Paz. The airplane carried military officers with their wives and children.

Classification:
Overloaded
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» World Directory of Airliner Crashes


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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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Convair CV-440

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  • 23rd loss
  • 12th fatal accident
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