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Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 22 March 2018
Date:Monday 3 October 1983
Time:ca 09:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47 (DC-3)
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Rio Blanco, Matagalpa (   Nicaragua)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:El Aguacate Airport (MHGE), Honduras
Destination airport:El Aguacate Airport (MHGE), Honduras
A U.S.-registered Douglas C-47 transport plane was engaged in a military operation to supply a right-wing rebel group that was fighting Nicaragua's revolutionary Sandinista government. The aircraft flew at a low altitude in the area of Wanawás to drop supplies. While manoeuvering in the area, a soldier of the Sandinista Popular Army fired a portable Strela-2M missile (also known as SA-7). The missile hit the left hand engine but did not explode. The cabin filled with smoke, forcing the pilot to carry out a forced landing. The crew initially survived but the co-pilot died of his injuries on 26 October 1983.

Shot down from the ground
Forced landing outside airport

» La Nación 9 November 1983, p2
» The Indianapolis News (October 5, 1983)
» La trampa de Wanawás (, 9 July 2017)
» El Siglo de Torreon 6 October 1983, p8


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