Accident description
Last updated: 23 April 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 6 December 1978
Time:17:25
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) show on map
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military
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
Narrative:
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.


Sources:
» Lakeland Ledger - Dec 7, 1978


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Distance from Omaha-Eppley Airfield, NE to San Antonio International Airport, TX as the crow flies is 1320 km (825 miles).

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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