Narrative:During final approach to La Aurora, the DC-6B suffered from a severe disbalancing of the cargo (cows and horses), the pilot lost control of the aircraft and tried to make a crash landing on a small soccer field surrounded by houses. The plane hit the ground at a 30 degrees angle and didn't damage any of the surrounding houses.
|Date:||Thursday 8 June 1978|
|C/n / msn:|| 43531/262|
|First flight:|| 1952|
|Engines:|| 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Guatemala City (Guatemala)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Destination airport:||Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport (GUA/MGGT), Guatemala|
The pilot had reported problems with the oil pressure on one of the engines twenty minutes before the crash.
On February 21st 1978, this same plane had an incident in New Orleans: during the landing, the two left main landing gear tires failed, but the pilot had managed to keep control of the aircraft.
» Mario Overall
» Prensa Libre Newspaper
» Aeronautica Civil (Guatemala)
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.