Accident Douglas DC-3 , Thursday 24 February 1949
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Date:Thursday 24 February 1949
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-3
Owner/operator:Transporte Aéreo Militar - TAM Peru
Registration:
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 26
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Cuzco Airport (CUZ) -   Peru
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Cuzco-Velazco Astete Airport (CUZ/SPZO)
Destination airport:Lima-Callao International Airport (LIM/SPIM)
Narrative:
The left main undercarriage leg collapsed, causing the wing to touch the ground. The no. 1 propeller then separated, causing one of the blades to cut through the fuselage injuring the captain. A fire erupted as the plane came to a halt. The three flight crew members were unable to reach the passenger cabin due to the flames, so they exited the plane through the hole made by the propeller. The captain later died of his injuries.

Sources:

Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 49)

Statistics

  • 23rd worst accident in 1949
  • 193rd worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 78th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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