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Accident description
Last updated: 24 October 2017
Date:Thursday 30 June 1977
Time:ca 15:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic L188 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-188CF Electra
Operator:Cooperativa Nacional de Montecillos
Registration: N126US
C/n / msn: 1105
First flight: 1959-11-06 (17 years 8 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:65 km (40.6 mls) off Bocas del Toro, Panama [Caribbean Sea] (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO/MROC), Costa Rica
Destination airport:Caracas-Simón Bolívar International Airport (CCS/SVMI), Venezuela
A Lockheed L-188CF Electra cargo plane went missing over the Caribbean Sea with four persons on board.
The aircraft transported 16330 kg frozen meat from San José, Costa Rica to Caracas, Venezuela. It took off at 14:00 hours and was expected to arrive at Caracas about 17:40 hours. Last radio contact was at 15:05 hours

A search mission, covering over 1417 square nautical miles, failed to find the aircraft.


» La Nacion - Jul 2, 1977


photo of Lockheed L-188CF Electra N126US
N126US was sold to American Flyers in January 1967 and after being used by different airlines, moved to Cooperativa de Montecillos in May 1977
photo of Lockheed L-188CF Electra N126US
MCA Leasing Corp. leased N126US to Cooperativa de Montecillos May 1977
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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 San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport to Caracas-Simón Bolívar International Airport as the crow flies is 1875 km (1172 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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