ASN Aircraft accident Curtiss C-46D-15-CU Commando CP-730 Benito
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Date:Wednesday 3 August 1966
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-15-CU Commando
Operator:Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano - LAB
Registration: CP-730
MSN: 33457
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:S of Benito (   Bolivia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Riberalta-Gen Buech Airport (RIB/SLRI), Bolivia
Destination airport:Cochabamba-J Wilsterman Airport (CBB/SLCB), Bolivia
The aircraft disappeared on a cargo flight from Riberalta to Cochabamba. The wreckage was found 12 days later.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The aircraft was not being flown at the recommended altitude when it reached the mountains to be crossed, nor at the proper crossing point. A secondary factor was the lack of navigation aids in the area."

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain


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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 Riberalta-Gen Buech Airport to Cochabamba-J Wilsterman Airport as the crow flies is 709 km (443 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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