Narrative:The DC-3 was flying tourists back from Canaima to Porlamar and made a refueling stop at Ciudad Bolívar. Shortly after takeoff engine problems forced the pilot to return to Ciudad Bolívar. While trying to return, control was lost and the DC-3 crashed into the residential El Perú area, vía La piscina. The aircraft struck a large tree and burst into flames.
Loss of control
|Date:||Thursday 25 January 2001|
Douglas C-47A-65-DL (DC-3C)
|C/n / msn:|| 19055|
|First flight:|| 1943|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20|
|Total:||Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Ciudad Bolívar ( Venezuela)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Ciudad Bolívar Airport (CBL/SVCB), Venezuela|
|Destination airport:||Porlamar Airport (PMV/SVMG), Venezuela|
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Follow-up / safety actions
The government ordered an inspection of DCs used by Rutaca and other Venezuelan airlines, about 20 in all, and ordered all Rutaca flights suspended.
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 Ciudad Bolívar Airport to Porlamar Airport as the crow flies is 312 km (195 miles).
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.