ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-65-DL (DC-3C) YV-224C Ciudad Bolívar
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Status:Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Date:Thursday 25 January 2001
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-65-DL (DC-3C)
Registration: YV-224C
MSN: 19055
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ciudad Bolívar (   Venezuela)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Ciudad Bolívar Airport (CBL/SVCB), Venezuela
Destination airport:Porlamar Airport (PMV/SVMG), Venezuela
Flightnumber: 225
The DC-3 was flying tourists back from Canaima to Porlamar and made a refueling stop at Ciudad Bolívar. Shortly after takeoff engine problems forced the pilot to return to Ciudad Bolívar. While trying to return, control was lost and the DC-3 crashed into the residential El Perú area, vía La piscina. The aircraft struck a large tree and burst into flames.

Loss of control

» El Universal
» Exequiel Perez Millan
» La Hora Digital

Follow-up / safety actions
The government ordered an inspection of DCs used by Rutaca and other Venezuelan airlines, about 20 in all, and ordered all Rutaca flights suspended.


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accident date: 25-01-2001
type: Douglas DC-3C
registration: YV-224C
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accident date: 25-01-2001
type: Douglas C-47A (DC-3)
registration: YV-224C
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accident date: 25-01-2001
type: Douglas C-47A (DC-3)
registration: YV-224C

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 Ciudad Bolívar Airport to Porlamar Airport as the crow flies is 312 km (195 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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