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Last updated: 18 January 2020
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Date:Wednesday 13 May 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-40-CU Commando
Operator:Transportes Aéreos Peruanos - TAPSA
Registration: OB-WBP-507
C/n / msn: 26829
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:30 km (18.8 mls) S of Tournavista (   Peru)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tournavista Airport (SPTR), Peru
Destination airport:Tarapoto Airport (TPP/SPST), Peru
Narrative:
Crashed into a hillside.
The aircraft operated on a domestic flight from Lima to Pucallpa, Peru with en route stops at Tournavista and Tarapoto.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» El Litoral, 15-5-1959
» El Litoral, 16-5-1959


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Distance from Tournavista Airport to Tarapoto Airport as the crow flies is 322 km (201 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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