Viloco, the aerial tragedy that mourned Bolivian football

51 years ago, one of the saddest air tragedies occurred in the country. He September 26, 1969, the four-engine DC-6B plane crashed in the Andes mountain range very close to the mining town of Viloco. It had 74 people on board, including The Strongest club roster.

The brindle team, which was not doing a good campaign in the national championship that season, He had played a quadrangular tournament in Santa Cruz at the invitation of the Cruceña Football Association (ACF) and was returning to La Paz on a regular flight from Lloy Aéreo Boliviano.

As a result of the accident, 20 players from the Achumani team died. The archers Armando Angelaccio Martínez (Paraguayan) and Orlando Cáceres Pinaya (Paraguayan); the defenders Jorge Tapia Albarracín, Óscar Flores Gorena, Juan Iriondo Angola, Miguel Ángel Porta García (Argentine), Julio Alberto Díaz Gutiérrez (a nationalized Argentine who had integrated the national team in July and August of that same year) and Óscar Guzmán; midfielders Germán Alcázar Saravia, Héctor Marcheti Peirano (Argentine), Hernán Andreta Mendoza (Argentine), Raúl Farfán Flores and Ernesto Villegas Gonzalez; the forwards Osvaldo Franco Mancera (Argentine nationalized), Eduardo Agustín Arrigó González (Argentine), Diógenes Torrico Granadino and Fernando Durán Burgos, the technical director Eustaquio Ortuño Ortuño (ex-goalkeeper of the national team), the masseur and utility Felipe Aguilar Alvarado and the tabby leader José Ayllón Guerra.

The Santa Cruz Rafael Mendoza Castellón was the president of the club at that time. With the support of the brindle fans and the special support of Boca Juniors of Argentina was able to come out in front of this complicated crisis, especially from the xeneize club that gave him players who later stood out as happened with the attacker Luis Bastida.

The Viloco accident is remembered as the greatest tragedy in Bolivian soccer and one of the greatest in international soccer, to which are added air accidents of teams such as Torino of Italy (1948), Manchester United of England (1958), Green Cross of Chile (1961), Alianza Lima of Peru (1987), Selection of Zambia (1993) and the Chapecoense from Brazil (2016).

Those who were saved

The then captain of the team was saved from the tragedy, Rolando Vargas, absent for personal matters, the Paraguayan Luis Gini and Marco Antonio Velasco from Santa Cruz, both for injuries.

Vargas escaped from this fatal accident by asking not to travel because he had been sent off in the last official game.

General Alberto Alarcón and the Santa Cruz player Marco Antonio Velasco also got rid of this sad episode, who for different reasons decided not to board the plane on the return trip to stay a few more days in the capital of Santa Cruz.

51 years ago, one of the saddest air tragedies occurred in the country. He September 26, 1969, the four-engine DC-6B plane crashed in the Andes mountain range very close to the mining town of Viloco. It had 74 people on board, including The Strongest club roster.

The brindle team, which was not doing a good campaign in the national championship that season, He had played a quadrangular tournament in Santa Cruz at the invitation of the Cruceña Football Association (ACF) and was returning to La Paz on a regular flight of Lloy Aéreo Boliviano.

As a result of the accident, 20 players from the Achumani team died. The archers Armando Angelaccio Martínez (Paraguayan) and Orlando Cáceres Pinaya (Paraguayan); the defenders Jorge Tapia Albarracín, Óscar Flores Gorena, Juan Iriondo Angola, Miguel Ángel Porta García (Argentine), Julio Alberto Díaz Gutiérrez (a nationalized Argentine who had integrated the national team in July and August of that same year) and Óscar Guzmán; midfielders Germán Alcázar Saravia, Héctor Marcheti Peirano (Argentine), Hernán Andreta Mendoza (Argentine), Raúl Farfán Flores and Ernesto Villegas Gonzalez; the forwards Osvaldo Franco Mancera (Argentine nationalized), Eduardo Agustín Arrigó González (Argentine), Diógenes Torrico Granadino and Fernando Durán Burgos, the technical director Eustaquio Ortuño Ortuño (ex-goalkeeper of the national team), the masseur and utility Felipe Aguilar Alvarado and the tabby leader José Ayllón Guerra.

The Santa Cruz Rafael Mendoza Castellón was the president of the club at that time. With the support of the brindle fans and the special support of Boca Juniors of Argentina was able to come out in front of this complicated crisis, especially from the xeneize club that gave him players who later stood out as happened with the attacker Luis Bastida.

The Viloco accident is remembered as the greatest tragedy in Bolivian soccer and one of the greatest in international soccer, to which are added air accidents of teams such as Torino of Italy (1948), Manchester United of England (1958), Green Cross of Chile (1961), Alianza Lima of Peru (1987), Selection of Zambia (1993) and the Chapecoense from Brazil (2016).

Those who were saved

The then captain of the team was saved from the tragedy, Rolando Vargas, absent for personal matters, the Paraguayan Luis Gini and Marco Antonio Velasco from Santa Cruz, both for injuries.

Vargas escaped from this fatal accident by asking not to travel because he had been sent off in the last official game.

General Alberto Alarcón and the Santa Cruz player Marco Antonio Velasco also got rid of this sad episode, who for different reasons decided not to board the plane on the return trip to stay a few more days in the capital of Santa Cruz.

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