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Crash of a Douglas C-47A-80-DL in Marulanda: 2 killed

Accident description

  • Feb 25, 1962 at 1435 LT
  • HK-502
  • Flight
  • Cargo
  • No
  • Mountains
  • Manizales – Bogotá
  • 19653
  • 1944
  • Marulanda, Caldas
  • Colombia
  • South America
  • 2
  • 2
  • 0
  • 0
  • 2
  • 7579
  • 3815
  • 1435
  • 240
  • Douglas C-47A, HK-502 was on a non-scheduled domestic flight from Manizales Airport (elevation 3,380 feet) to Bogotá (elevation 8,355 feet). The aircraft took off from Manizales Airport at 1404LT with 2 crew and a load of cargo aboard. At 1420LT HK-502 reported its position over San Felix at an altitude of 12,500 feet and that it estimated Cambao at 1433LT. At 1435LT HK-502 declared an emergency. The aircraft crashed into the mountain immediately after this radio transmission. The accident site was approximately 32 miles from Manizales on a bearing of 300°. The accident was reported by the Salamina authorities at 1440LT. Both occupants were killed.
  • The accident was due to the faulty procedure on the part of the pilot who made the en route climb from Manizales to San Felix at a low altitude, so that the aircraft became trapped in a canyon and crashed in the San Felix pass at La Aguadita after stalling during a turn at 9,000 feet.