Accident Douglas C-47B-45-DK (DC-3) HC-AFQ, Thursday 16 September 1965
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Date:Thursday 16 September 1965
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47B-45-DK (DC-3)
Owner/operator:Transportes Aéreos Orientales - TAO
Registration: HC-AFQ
MSN: 34272/17009
Year of manufacture:1945
Total airframe hrs:10982 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:6 km NE of Pastaza Airport (PTZ) -   Ecuador
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Coca Airport (OCC/SECO)
Destination airport:Pastaza Airport (PTZ/SESM)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The aircraft took off from Coca Airport (OCC) at 10:20 hours on a scheduled domestic flight to Pastaza (PTZ). The flight was to take approximately 45 minutes. At 10:52 hours the pilot reported over Arajuno, indicating that he was flying at 4500 ft, mainly IFR. Thereafter the weather conditions further deteriorated and the aircraft finally entered a poor weather zone with continuous rain. It collided with trees and then crashed on a hillside.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was due to adverse weather conditions and imprudence on the part of the pilot who changed from VFR to IFR flight without having the requisite navigation aids for the type of flight he was carrying out. Among the contributing causes were the following : failure to consult the weather report and errors in the airline office, possible overconfidence on the part of the pilot in that he carried out the flight knowing that the radio beacon was inoperative, and presumed negligence on the part of the airport commandant, who failed to declare the aerodrome closed when conditions were below the meteorological minima."


ICAO Circular 88/74 Volume III (39-42)


  • 72nd worst accident in 1965
  • 608th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 505th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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