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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Wednesday 27 August 1941
Time:ca 15:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic TRIM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ford 5-AT-C Tri-Motor
Operator:Fuerza Aérea Colombiana
Registration: 644
MSN: 5-AT-089
First flight: 1930-02-10 (11 years 7 months)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Tarapaca (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Tarapacá Airport (TCD/SKRA), Colombia
Destination airport:Tres Esquinas Air Base (TQS/SKTQ), Colombia
Crashed due to fire in flight. The wreckage was found after two and a half days.

» The Ford Tri-Motor 1926-1992 / William T. Larkins
» El Tiempo 28 August 1941, p1+6/29 August 1941, p1+4/30 August 1941, p1+7/31 August 1941, p1+5


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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 Tarapacá Airport to Tres Esquinas Air Base as the crow flies is 729 km (455 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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