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Last updated: 17 October 2017
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Date:Friday 3 March 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic A748 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Siddeley HS-748-283 Srs. 2A
Operator:Linea Aeropostal Venezolana - LAV
Registration: YV-45C
C/n / msn: 1744
First flight: 1976
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 43 / Occupants: 43
Total:Fatalities: 47 / Occupants: 47
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5,2 km (3.3 mls) off Punta Mulatos (   Venezuela)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Caracas-Maiquetía Airport (CCS/SVMI), Venezuela
Destination airport:Cumaná Airport (CUM/SVCU), Venezuela
Narrative:
Artificial horizon problems following takeoff forced the crew to return to the airport. The aircraft crashed into the sea.



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Distance from Caracas-Maiquetía Airport to Cumaná Airport as the crow flies is 311 km (195 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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