Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 23 October 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 23 January 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6
Operator:Fuerza Aérea Sandinista
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 10
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:40 km (25 mls) E of San Carlos (   Nicaragua)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Islas Del Cisne Airport (MHIC), Honduras
Destination airport:Islas Del Cisne Airport (MHIC), Honduras
Narrative:
The DC-6, operated by Nicaraguan rebel forces, was dropping military supply and food when it was shot down by government forces.
The aircraft had completed dropping 11 loads of weapons, food, ammunition and clothing, each weighing about 800 pounds. The first ground-fired missile struck one of the engines on the right hand wing but the plane continued flying for some 20 miles. It was then struck by a second missile and four minutes later crashed.


Sources:
» Scramble Vol. 9, nr. 09 (p.36)
» NY Times, 25-1-1988


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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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