ASN Aircraft accident Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando CP-1319 Santa Cruz-Viru Viru International Airport (VVI)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 21 April 2012
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Operator:SkyTeam Cargo
Registration: CP-1319
MSN: 22428
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hrs:29080
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Santa Cruz-Viru Viru International Airport (VVI) (   Bolivia)
Crash site elevation: 373 m (1224 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Santa Cruz-Viru Viru International Airport (VVI/SLVR), Bolivia
Destination airport:Cobija-E. Beltram Airport (CIJ/SLCO), Bolivia
A Curtiss C-46 transport plane was destroyed in an accident at Santa Cruz-Viru Viru International Airport (VVI), Bolivia. Three crew members were killed, the passenger survived.
The flight departed Santa Cruz (VVI) at 08:07 on a domestic cargo flight to Cobija (CIJ). Immediately after takeoff the flight radioed that it was returning to the airport, without stating a reason.
The airplane was on short final to runway 16 when it pulled up sharply. Control was lost and the aircraft fell off to the right, impacting terrain about 200 m from the northern end of runway 16.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause (translated from Spanish):
The cause of the accident was that the aircraft, while on short finals and cleared to land, made an unusual flight maneuver by climbing almost vertically until a wing stall and plunging violently against the terrain, bursting into flames within the security area of the runway.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: DGAC-AIG
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Accident number: ACC-007-12
Download report: Final report

Loss of control

» El Deber
» El Diario 22-4-2012

METAR Weather report:
12:00 UTC / 08:00 local time:
SLVR 211200Z 19018KT 3000 -RA SCT005 BKN017 FEW030CB OVC070 21/20 Q1016
Wind 190 degrees at 18 knots; visibility 3000m in rain; Scattered clouds at 500 feet; Broken clouds at 1700 feet; Few cumulonimbus clouds at 3000 feet; Overcast at 7000 feet; temperature 21 deg C; Dew point 20 deg C.; QNH 1016 mb.


photo of Curtiss-C-46F-Commando-CP-1319
accident date: 21-04-2012
type: Curtiss C-46F Commando
registration: CP-1319

Video, social media

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 Santa Cruz-Viru Viru International Airport to Cobija-E. Beltram Airport as the crow flies is 950 km (594 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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