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Last updated: 17 October 2019
Date:Monday 11 July 1960
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47E (DC-3)
Operator:US Mission
Registration: 45-1109
C/n / msn: 34379/17112
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:12 km (7.5 mls) W of Quito-Mariscal Sucre Airport (UIO) (   Ecuador)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO), Colombia
Destination airport:Quito-Mariscal Sucre Airport (UIO/SEQU), Ecuador
The DC-3 crashed into Pichincha Volcano, which has en elevation of 4,784 metres (15,696 ft).

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Daytona Beach Morning Journal - Jul 13, 1960
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher


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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 Bogotá-Eldorado Airport to Quito-Mariscal Sucre Airport as the crow flies is 719 km (450 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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