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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 163559
Last updated: 28 November 2021
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Type:Aero Commander 520
Owner/operator:Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij
Registration: PZ-TAG
MSN: 64
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Palumeu -   Suriname
Phase: En route
Departure airport:ORG / SMZO
Destination airport:OEM / SMPA
During operation Grasshopper, PZ-TAG (Aero Commander 520) was written off at Palumeu, Suriname after suspected engine trouble. The airplane was on a supply dropping run, when they encountered engine trouble in thick fog and flew into a hill close to Palumeu, both pilots Vincent Fajks and Ronald "Rudi"Elwin Kappel perished. The crash was big news in Suriname for Rudi Kappel was one of the co-founders of the Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij, later called Surinam Airways, they received a state funeral. The airstrip of Palumeu (SMPA) is called after Vincent Fajks and the airstrip of the Tafelberg (SMTB), earlier opened by Kappel is called Rudi Kappel Airstrip. Also the first Boeing 747-300 (PZ-TCM) of Surinam Airways was named after Rudi Elwin Kappel.



Rudi Kappel and the Aero Commander 520 in 1958

Revision history:

27-Jan-2014 07:45 soero Added
27-Jan-2014 09:11 soero Updated [Other fatalities]

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