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Last updated: 25 April 2019
Date:Wednesday 18 January 1989
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-70-DL (DC-3C)
Operator:American Air Freight
Registration: XB-DYP
C/n / msn: 19239
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Laredo International Airport, TX (LRD) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 155 m (509 feet) amsl
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Laredo International Airport, TX (LRD/KLRD), United States of America
Destination airport:Torreón Airport (TRC/MMTC), Mexico
A possible cargo shift caused the aircraft to enter a stall on climbout following a runway 35L takeoff. The aircraft crashed and caught fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The PIC's disregard for the security of the cargo that permitted its shift during the takeoff roll. This resulted in an aft CG situation and a subsequent stall and loss of aircraft control. A contributing factor in the accident was the mismanagement of the engine power by the crew and the lack of experience of the co-pilot. "


Loss of control

» ICAO Adrep Summary 5/90 (#17)


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 Laredo International Airport, TX to Torreón Airport as the crow flies is 447 km (279 miles).

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