Narrative: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 of to the right, impacting terrain about 200 m from the northern end of runway 16.
Weather reported about the time of the accident (ca 08:15 local / 12:15 UTC) was reported as:
SLVR 211200Z 19018KT 3000 -RA SCT005 BKN017 FEW030CB OVC070 21/20 Q1016
[12:00 UTC: 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.
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.
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» El Diario 22-4-2012
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Distance from Santa Cruz-Viru Viru International Airport to Cobija-E. Beltram Airport as the crow flies is 950 km (594 miles).