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Crash of a Boeing 727-2J0F in Puerto Carreño: 5 killed

Accident description

  • Dec 20, 2016 at 1723 LT
  • HK-4544
  • Takeoff (climb)
  • Cargo
  • Yes
  • Airport (less than 10 km from airport)
  • Puerto Carreño - Bogota
  • 21105/1158
  • 22AUG1975
  • Puerto Carreño, Vichada
  • Colombia
  • South America
  • 6
  • 5
  • 0
  • 0
  • 5
  • The three engine aircraft took off from runway 24 at Puerto Carreño-Germán Olano Airport but failed to get airborne in time, overran, hit two successive perimeter fences and completed the rotation too late. About three minutes later, while performing a turn to the right, maybe in an attempt to return to the airport for an emergency landing, the aircraft went out of control and crashed in flames in a field located about 5 km from the airport. At that time, and according to the video, the crew was apparently completing a fuel dumping procedure. Five crew members were killed while an engineer was seriously injured. The aircraft was destroyed. Runway 24 is 1,800 meters long. The takeoff was kept on a video that shows a too late rotation. It is also possible to see on the video that the engine number two suffered an apparent flame out at liftoff.