Date & Time: Apr 21, 2012 at 0813 LT
Type of aircraft:
Curtiss C-46
Operator:
Registration:
CP-1319
Flight Type:
Training
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Santa Cruz - Cobija
MSN:
22428
YOM:
1945
Country:
Bolivia
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
3
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
3
Aircraft flight hours:
29080
Circumstances:
Crew was engaged in a training mission from Santa Cruz-Viru Viru Airport to Cobija-E. Beltram Airport. Shortly after take off from runway 16, crew decided to return and commenced an approach to runway 16. Approximately 200 metres short of runway, captain started a go around procedure but aircraft stalled and crashed. Three crew were killed as the fourth occupant was injured. Built in 1945, the aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and post impact fire. At the time of the accident, visibility was reduced to three km with rain falls.
Causes:
Accident was caused by an inadvertent aerodynamic stall at low height on short final to runway 16. The board of investigation was not able to determine the exact cause of the stall.