Accident Douglas DC-6B TG-ADA, Thursday 8 June 1978
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Date:Thursday 8 June 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-6B
Registration: TG-ADA
MSN: 43531/262
Year of manufacture:1952
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Guatemala City -   Guatemala
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport (GUA/MGGT)
During final approach to La Aurora, the DC-6B suffered from a severe disbalancing of the cargo (cows and horses), the pilot lost control of the aircraft and tried to make a crash landing on a small soccer field surrounded by houses. The plane hit the ground at a 30 degrees angle and didn't damage any of the surrounding houses.
The pilot had reported problems with the oil pressure on one of the engines twenty minutes before the crash.
On February 21st 1978, this same plane had an incident in New Orleans: during the landing, the two left main landing gear tires failed, but the pilot had managed to keep control of the aircraft.


Mario Overall
Prensa Libre Newspaper
Aeronautica Civil (Guatemala)


photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Miami International Airport, FL (MIA); October 1977

photo (c) Bob Garrard; Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA); April 1973

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