ASN Aircraft accident Higgins Boat Co. C-46A-1-HI Commando CP-749 La Paz-El Alto Airport (LPB)
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Status:Information verified through authorities or other official sources.
Date:Friday 26 May 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Higgins Boat Co. C-46A-1-HI Commando
Operator:Servicios Aéreos Bolivianos - SAB
Registration: CP-749
MSN: (HI-2)
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:La Paz-El Alto Airport (LPB) (   Bolivia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:La Paz-El Alto Airport (LPB/SLLP), Bolivia
The aircraft made a normal approach to La Paz Airport. the undercarriage control lever had been lowered and the crew had checked that the undercarriage was "down" and the lights "on". The aircraft touched down on the runway and had rolled 1300 m on its wheels, when the right undercarriage began to retract slowly followed by the sudden collapse of the left one. The tail skid remained down, and the under part of the fuselage, the propellers and engines suffered damage.

Landing gear collapse
Runway mishap

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