Unlawful Interference Douglas C-47A-50-DL (DC-3) N49454, Monday 9 March 1987
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Date:Monday 9 March 1987
Time:23:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47A-50-DL (DC-3)
Owner/operator:Aero Express
Registration: N49454
MSN: 10177
Year of manufacture:1943
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Unlawful Interference
Location:near Guarita, Lempira -   Honduras
Phase: En route
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:Guatemala City/La Aurota
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The DC-3 was shot down by a Honduran Air Force CASA C-101BB Aviojet, FAH-238, after the pilot failed to identify himself. The aircraft used the fake callsign HK-303.
Officials said that they suspected the plane was involved in smuggling narcotics.
The airplane had departed Guatemala City at 09:39 on a test flight to El Estor. After takeoff the crew radioed that they wanted to return to Guatemala City. That was the last contact with the flight.

Sources:

La Nación 11 March 1987, p1+24A
Air Combat Information Group
Aviation Letter 247
NY Times, 11-3-1987
El Siglo de Torreon 11 March 1987, p.6
El Siglo de Torreon 12 March 1987, p.28

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photo (c) Terence Burke; Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA); August 1985

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