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Last updated: 10 July 2020
Datum:Samstag 21 April 2012
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Fluggesellschaft:SkyTeam Cargo
Kennzeichen: CP-1319
Werknummer: 22428
Baujahr: 1945
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 4
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Santa Cruz-Viru Viru International Airport (VVI) (   Bolivien)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Flug von:Santa Cruz-Viru Viru International Airport (VVI/SLVR), Bolivien
Flug nach:Cobija-E. Beltram Airport (CIJ/SLCO), Bolivien
A Curtiss C-46 transport plane was destroyed in an accident at Santa Cruz-Viru Viru International Airport (VVI), Bolivia. Three crew members were killed, the passenger survived.
The flight departed Santa Cruz (VVI) at 08:07 on a domestic cargo flight to Cobija (CIJ). Immediately after takeoff the flight radioed that it was returning to the airport, without stating a reason.
The airplane was on short final to runway 16 when it pulled up sharply. Control was lost and the aircraft fell off to the right, impacting terrain about 200 m from the northern end of runway 16.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause (translated from Spanish):
The cause of the accident was that the aircraft, while on short finals and cleared to land, made an unusual flight maneuver by climbing almost vertically until a wing stall and plunging violently against the terrain, bursting into flames within the security area of the runway.

» El Deber
» El Diario 22-4-2012

METAR Weather report:
12:00 UTC / 08:00 local time:
SLVR 211200Z 19018KT 3000 -RA SCT005 BKN017 FEW030CB OVC070 21/20 Q1016
Wind 190 degrees at 18 knots; visibility 3000m in rain; Scattered clouds at 500 feet; Broken clouds at 1700 feet; Few cumulonimbus clouds at 3000 feet; Overcast at 7000 feet; temperature 21 deg C; Dew point 20 deg C.; QNH 1016 mb.


photo of Curtiss-C-46F-Commando-CP-1319
accident date: 21-04-2012
type: Curtiss C-46F Commando
registration: CP-1319

Video, social media

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 Santa Cruz-Viru Viru International Airport to Cobija-E. Beltram Airport as the crow flies is 950 km (594 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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