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55 years ago an aircraft mysteriously crashed in Yucatán. Now a team of adventurers seeks answers

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The 11 adventurers will have to make their way through the difficult terrain of Yucatán’s northern mangrove-filled coastline. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

A group of explorers in Yucatán plan to brave the elements to reach an aircraft crash site from the 1960s.

The plane, a Douglas DC-3, crashed into Yucatán’s jungle in 1966 and was located from the air 13 years afterward. 

It is possible that the crash site has already been visited by hunters or looters from around the area, but no documented accounts exist of the wreckage. 

Little is known about the crew, passengers or cargo of a propeller plane lost in the jungles of Yucatán in 1966.

The circumstances of the crash, the contents of its cargo, and the fate of its crew and passengers remain a mystery.

The expedition to the site of the crash is made up of 11 people and is being led by Roberto Casares of Ecoaventura Yucatán.

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“The crash site is in the jungle and is surrounded by mangroves. We have quite a bit of experience in this sort of terrain, but it will certainly be difficult — who knows what we will find,” said Casares.

It is uncertain if the adventurers will be able to make it to the crash site, but claim that the expedition is as much about the journey as the destination.

The group is unsure what they will find if and when they arrive at the crash site, but say that they will document their discovery through photos and video.

Mangroves are notoriously difficult to traverse and are full with all sorts of wildlife. Photo: Courtesy

The forests and mangroves of Yucatán are known for many challenges including virtually impassable terrain and muddy mangroves, as well as poisonous snakes and insects. 

The expedition is scheduled to depart on Saturday but does not have a clear end date.

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