Date & Time: Feb 24, 1949 at 0800 LT
Type of aircraft:
Douglas C-47 Skytrain (DC-3)
Cuzco – Lima
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Shortly after takeoff, while in initial climb, the crew informed ground that the left engine caught fire and elected to return for an emergency landing. The aircraft stalled and crashed in flames near the airport. Two crew members and twenty passengers were killed while four other occupants were injured. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire.
It appears that the tire on the left main gear burst after takeoff and set fire to the undercarriage compartment and then to the engine and its nacelle after the gear were raised.