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Petén

Crash of a Douglas C-47 near Poptún: 31 killed

Date & Time: Feb 28, 1980
Operator:
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Guatemala City - Poptún
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
27
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
31
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Guatemala City Airport, carrying 27 passengers and four crew members, essentially army officers and family members who were flying to Poptún to visit Maya ruins. In unknown circumstances, the airplane crashed in a mountainous area located about 65 km south of Poptún. All 31 occupants were killed.

Crash of a Douglas DC-3 in Carmelita

Date & Time: Oct 18, 1979
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
TG-AXA
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
6053
YOM:
1942
Country:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
A tire burst upon landing at Carmelita. The airplane went out of control, veered off runway and nosed over. There were no casualties.
Probable cause:
Loss of control on landing following a tire burst.

Crash of a Douglas DC-3 in Flores

Date & Time: Jul 26, 1978
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
TG-ATA
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Country:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While taking off, the airplane suffered a bird strike. The crew was forced to attempt an emergency landing when the airplane crash landed in a swampy area located past the runway end. There were no injuries but the aircraft was written off.
Probable cause:
Bird strike on takeoff.

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-50-DL off Flores

Date & Time: Jul 20, 1978
Registration:
TG-PAW
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dos Lagunas - Flores
MSN:
10127
YOM:
1943
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a cargo flight from Dos Lagunas to Flores, Petén. On approach to Flores-Santa Elena Airport, the airplane crashed in unknown circumstances into Lake Petén Itzá. All three occupants were rescued while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-25-DK in Santa Elena: 1 killed

Date & Time: Sep 30, 1977
Operator:
Registration:
TG-AKA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
13327
YOM:
1944
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
After touchdown on a gravel runway, the left tire burst. Control was lost and the airplane veered off runway to the left. The left engine struck the ground, causing a propeller blade to detach and to struck the cockpit. The airplane rolled for few meters then came to a halt. Three occupants escaped with minor injuries while the captain was killed after being struck by the propeller blade.

Crash of a Douglas C-47-DL near El Caoba: 15 killed

Date & Time: Nov 18, 1975
Operator:
Registration:
TG-AGA
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Flores - Uaxactun
MSN:
6142
YOM:
1942
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
18
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
15
Circumstances:
En route from Flores to Uaxactun, the crew encountered poor weather conditions when the airplane crashed in unknown circumstances near El Caoba. Seven passengers were injured while 15 other occupants were killed.

Crash of a Beechcraft TC-45G Expeditor in Sayaxché: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jan 25, 1975
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
TG-AMM
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
AF-77
YOM:
1952
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances. A pilot was killed while the second occupant was injured.

Crash of a Lockheed 18-56-23 LodeStar in Tikal: 24 killed

Date & Time: Dec 29, 1974
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
TG-HTM
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Tikal - Guatemala City
MSN:
2582
YOM:
1943
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
21
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
24
Circumstances:
Few minutes after takeoff from Tikal Airport, while climbing, the airplane went out of control and crashed on the slope of a mountain located few km from the airport. The aircraft was destroyed and all 24 occupants were killed, among them 21 Americans returning to Guatemala City.
Probable cause:
The exact cause of the accident was not determined. However, the assumption that control was lost following an in-flight fire was not ruled out.

Crash of a Douglas C-47 in Flores: 30 killed

Date & Time: Oct 27, 1951 at 1900 LT
Operator:
Registration:
0961
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Flores – Guatemala City
Country:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
27
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
30
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Flores Airport, while in initial climb, the aircraft went out of control and crashed in flames in a wooded area located about 2 km from the airport. All five crew members and 25 passengers were killed while two others were seriously injured.
Crew:
Maj Enrique Pérez, pilot,
José Angel Escobar,
Miguel Deleón,
Casiano Castañeda,
Enrique Menéndez.
Probable cause:
It was reported that the loss of control was consecutive to a in-flight fire in the cabin caused by a cigarette that was not properly extinguished.