ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-6B 989 Puerto Montt-Tepual Airport (PMC)
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Date:Sunday 24 July 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6B
Operator:Fuerza Aérea de Chile
Registration: 989
MSN: 45534/1012
First flight: 1958
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 75
Total:Fatalities: 38 / Occupants: 82
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Puerto Montt-Tepual Airport (PMC) (   Chile)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Punta Arenas-Carlos Ibañez Airport (PUQ/SCCI), Chile
Destination airport:Puerto Montt-Tepual Airport (PMC/SCTE), Chile
Crashed into a swamp and burst into flames as it attempted to land in heavy rain at night.


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Distance from Punta Arenas-Carlos Ibañez Airport to Puerto Montt-Tepual Airport as the crow flies is 1294 km (809 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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