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Accident description
Last updated: 24 March 2018
Date:Thursday 1 May 1986
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6
Operator:Fuerza Aérea Salvadoreña
Registration: FAS302
C/n / msn: 44654?
First flight: 1955
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 33
Total:Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 37
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:2,4 km (1.5 mls) N of San Salvador/Ilopango International Airport (SAL) (   El Salvador)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:San Salvador/Ilopango International Airport (SAL/MSSS), El Salvador
Destination airport:Panama City-Tocumen International Airport (PTY/MPTO), Panama
The Salvadorean DC-6 reportedly suffered an engine fire just after takeoff. The aircraft then crashed and burnt on a hill.
It was on its way to Panama.
There is some uncertainty regarding the identity of the plane. FAS is reported the have owned 2 DC-6 aircraft: c/n 44654 (acquired from USAF) and c/n 45078 (acquired from TACA). The latter was probably registered FAS301.

» La Nación 2 May 1986, p24A
» Lloyds List 02.05.1986
» The Spokesman-Review - May 2, 1986


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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 San Salvador/Ilopango International Airport to Panama City-Tocumen International Airport as the crow flies is 1173 km (733 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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