ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47 (DC-3) C-40 Buenavista
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Date:Friday 9 April 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47 (DC-3)
Operator:Sociedad Colombiana de Transportes Aéreos - SCOLTA
Registration: C-40
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Buenavista (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Maracaibo-Grano de Oro Airport (ORO/SVMO), Venezuela
Destination airport:Cartagena Airport (CTG/SKCG), Colombia
A Douglas C-47 cargo plane went missing 26 minutes after takeoff from Maracaibo, Venezuela. The aircraft was heading to Cartagena, Colombia. On board were three crew members and manager of SCOLTA, Hernando Navarro Botero.
The wreckage was located in June 1959.

» El Tiempo 16 April 1948, p1
» El Tiempo 10 June 1959, p1+13


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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 Maracaibo-Grano de Oro Airport to Cartagena Airport as the crow flies is 422 km (264 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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