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Accident description
Last updated: 23 April 2018
Date:Wednesday 6 December 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6
Operator:Fuerza Aérea Mexicana
Registration: TP-0203
C/n / msn: 43129/106
First flight: 1948
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:0,8 km (0.5 mls) N of Omaha-Eppley Airfield, NE (OMA) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Omaha-Eppley Airfield, NE (OMA/KOMA), United States of America
Destination airport:San Antonio International Airport, TX (SAT/KSAT), United States of America
The aircraft suffered an engine fire on takeoff and crashed into a flood-control levee at the airport boundary, where it exploded and burned for several hours.
The DC-6 had been under repair for three days and was still leaking oil from one of the engines as it departed.

» Lakeland Ledger - Dec 7, 1978
» El Siglo de Torreón 7 December 1978, p1
» El Siglo de Torreón 8 December 1978, p6+19


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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 Omaha-Eppley Airfield, NE to San Antonio International Airport, TX as the crow flies is 1320 km (825 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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