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Last updated: 22 March 2019
Date:Friday 2 October 1998
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Registration: YV-611C
C/n / msn: 1977
First flight: 1938
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 24
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 27
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1 km (0.6 mls) from Canaima Airport (CAJ) (   Venezuela)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Canaima Airport (CAJ/SVCN), Venezuela
Destination airport:Canaima Airport (CAJ/SVCN), Venezuela
The DC-3 plane carrying 24 tourists plunged into swampland, killing the co-pilot and injuring three people. The aircraft crashed 1 km short of the runway as it was returning to Canaima National Park airfield after a flight over the Angel Falls (Salto Angel), Venezuela's top tourist attraction.

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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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