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Last updated: 3 April 2020
Datum:Sonntag 18 August 1974
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C141 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed C-141A-LM Starlifter
Fluggesellschaft:United States Air Force - USAF
Kennzeichen: 65-0274
Werknummer: 300-6126
Triebwerk: 4 Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-7
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 7 / Insassen: 7
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 7 / Insassen: 7
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:28 km (17.5 Meilen) N of La Paz-El Alto Airport (LPB) (   Bolivien)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Balboa-Howard AFB (BLB/MPHO), Panama
Flug nach:La Paz-El Alto Airport (LPB/SLLP), Bolivien
The airport at La Paz, the destination of the C-141, is located at an elevation of 13,325 feet (4077 m). Area weather at the time included extensive cloud cover from 700 agl to FL240. When the crew reported an estimated position of three minutes from the La Paz VOR, the controller cleared them a descent from FL240 to FL180. In fact, the aircraft was much further east of the VOR, than the crew believed. The crew started their descent until it impacted a 20,000 ft mountain at the 18,700 ft level (5700 m).

» C-141 Lifetime Mishap Summary / Lt. Col. Paul M. Hansen, USAFR, Ret. McChord AFB WA (1 October, 2004)


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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 Balboa-Howard AFB to La Paz-El Alto Airport as the crow flies is 3077 km (1923 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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