Accident description
Last updated: 31 July 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 21 December 1987
Time:14:36
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6BF
Operator:Aeronica - Aerolineas Nicaraguenses
Registration: YN-BFO
C/n / msn: 45324/963
First flight: 1958
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Boca Rio San Carlos (   Costa Rica)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Managua Airport (MGA/MNMG), Nicaragua
Destination airport:Panama City-Tocumen International Airport (PTY/MPTO), Panama
Narrative:
The no. 3 engine suddenly separated with a loud bang during cruise. The no. 4 engine fire warning sounded and the crew attempted to extinguish the fire and feather the prop. The prop wouldn't feather. The cargo was then jettisoned and the aircraft was ditched in a river.

Classification:
Ditching

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Distance from Managua Airport to Panama City-Tocumen International Airport as the crow flies is 812 km (507 miles).

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.
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