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Accident description
Last updated: 20 July 2017
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Date:Wednesday 17 July 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando
Operator:ANDESA
Registration: HC-SCA
C/n / msn: 32982
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 27
Total:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 30
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,6 km (1 mls) from Cuenca Airport (CUE) (   Ecuador)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Guayaquil-Simon Bolivar Airport (GYE/SEGU), Ecuador
Destination airport:Cuenca Airport (CUE/SECU), Ecuador
Narrative:
The pilot carried out a go around after attempting to land at Cuenca. The airplane did not gain enough height, contacted a hill and crashed.

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Distance from Guayaquil-Simon Bolivar Airport to Cuenca Airport as the crow flies is 128 km (80 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.
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