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Last updated: 14 November 2019
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Date:Sunday 24 October 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46 Commando
Operator:Transandina Ecuador
Registration: HC-SIA
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Cozumel (   Mexico)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:New Orleans International Airport, LA (MSY/KMSY), United States of America
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
An Ecuadorian cargo plane crashed in a lagoon near Cozumel, Mexico, killing all eight on board. The airplane carried a herd of cattle from New Orleans, U.S., to Quito, Ecuador. A refueling stop was planned in Belize. It crashed in a lagoon while attempting to land at an airfield near Cozumel.
The airplane involved in the accident was reported to be a C-46 registered HC-SIA. Fleet records suggest this airplane was msn 30465, which was sold to Wien Alaska as N4761C in July 1948 after supposedly having flown just three months as HC-SIA. Likely HC-SIA was a different msn.

Sources:
» El Siglo de Torreón 25-10-1948
» El Tiempo 26 October 1948, p8


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