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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2016
Date:Wednesday 1 September 1982
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-4A Caribou
Operator:Aerolineas Condor
Registration: HC-BHZ
C/n / msn: 249
First flight: 1967
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 41 / Occupants: 41
Total:Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 44
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Valladolid (   Ecuador)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Zumba Airport (SEZP), Ecuador
Destination airport:Loja Airport (LOH/SELO), Ecuador
Low ceiling and a disorientated pilot caused the Caribou to fly into a mountain in the Andes.



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DHC-4 Caribou

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