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Last updated: 29 November 2021
Date:Monday 21 December 1987
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6BF
Operator:Aeronica - Aerolineas Nicaraguenses
Registration: YN-BFO
MSN: 45324/963
First flight: 1958
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Boca San Carlos (   Costa Rica)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Managua-Augusto C. Sandino Airport (MGA/MNMG), Nicaragua
Destination airport:Panama City-Tocumen International Airport (PTY/MPTO), Panama
The no. 3 engine suddenly separated with a loud bang during cruise. The no. 4 engine fire warning sounded and the crew attempted to extinguish the fire and feather the prop. The prop wouldn't feather. The cargo was then jettisoned and the aircraft was ditched in a river.


» La Nación 22 December 1987, p8A


photo of Douglas-DC-6BF-YN-BFO
accident date: 21-12-1987
type: Douglas DC-6BF
registration: YN-BFO

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Managua-Augusto C. Sandino Airport to Panama City-Tocumen International Airport as the crow flies is 812 km (507 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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