Airplane Crash - Valera, Venezuela 12/15/1950

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Valera, Venezuela


Date12/15/1950
Time13:30
LocationValera, Venezuela
OperatorAvensa
RouteMerida - Caracas
TypeDouglas C-47-DL
RegistrationYC-C-AVU
Cn/In4432
Aboard31
Fatalities31
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft crashed into mountains shortly after taking off. Pilot error. The captain decided to cross the Seven Lagoons mountain range in severe overcast, thinking that he was 30 kms further north, where the range drops to 2,000m. Instead, he flew into 4,000m cliffs. In the last seconds, he realized he was in trouble and tried to gain altitude. For a hundred meters or so he cut through small trees, but finally crashed. A small fire followed.

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