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Crash of a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain in Mariquita: 10 killed

Date & Time: Dec 3, 2014
Operator:
Registration:
HK-4464
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Guaymaral – Bahía Solano
MSN:
31-7952229
YOM:
1979
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was on its way from Guaymaral (Bogota) to Bahia Solano with ten people on board, among them five infants. En route, the pilot informed ATC about technical problems and received the authorization to divert to Mariquita-José Celestino Mutis Airport for an emergency landing. While approaching, the aircraft went out of control and crashed in flames near a wooded area located in Victoria, few km from the airfield. The aircraft was totally destroyed by impact forces and post crash fire and all ten occupants were killed.

Crash of a Beechcraft Super King B200 in Bahía Solano

Date & Time: Jun 2, 2014 at 1700 LT
Operator:
Registration:
PNC-0225
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
BB-1644
YOM:
1998
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Bahía Solano-José Celestino Mutis Airport, while in initial climb, crew encountered engine problems. Captain elected to make an emergency landing in a prairie. Aircraft landed gear up and slid several yards before coming to rest. While all three occupants were injured, the aircraft was severely damaged and later considered as damaged beyond economical repair.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 in Medellín: 14 killed

Date & Time: Nov 30, 1996 at 1032 LT
Operator:
Registration:
HK-2602
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Medellín – Bahía Solano – Quibdo
MSN:
746
YOM:
1981
Flight number:
VX148
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
13
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
14
Captain / Total flying hours:
4611
Captain / Total hours on type:
3311.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
2060
Copilot / Total hours on type:
733
Aircraft flight hours:
35696
Aircraft flight cycles:
48915
Circumstances:
After takeoff from runway 01 at Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport, the aircraft encountered difficulties to gain sufficient height. About three minutes after liftoff, the aircraft struck the slope of Mt Padre Amaya located 8 km from the airport. The wreckage was found 30 metres below the summit. A passenger was found alive while 14 other occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Failure of the crew in the flight technique applied during the take-off phase, by not evaluating the performance of the aircraft, considering the high weight in front of the obstacles to climb over on the ascent trajectory.
The following contributing factors were reported:
- Errors presented in the dispatch, since the weights were not totaled correctly, possibly due to errors in the handling of cargo and unaccompanied luggage.
- Attitude of complacency on the part of the crew, due to excellent meteorological conditions that caused an excess of confidence in the planning of the flight on the part of the crew.
Final Report:

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-1-DK in Serranía del Baudó: 40 killed

Date & Time: Apr 22, 1962 at 1045 LT
Registration:
HK-524
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Bahía Solano – Quibdó
MSN:
12075
YOM:
1943
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
36
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
40
Captain / Total flying hours:
7645
Captain / Total hours on type:
6606.00
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Bahía Solano at 1020LT on a non-scheduled domestic flight to Quibdó carrying a crew of 4 and probably 36 passengers. Following departure the aircraft was not hear by any radio station, and there is no knowledge of any departure information or position report having been received from it. The accident occurred at 1045LT. The wreckage of the aircraft was located four days later about 31 miles from the airport on Bonito Peak, at an elevation of 2,400 feet. The aircraft was destroyed and all 40 occupants were killed. The aircraft's certificate permitted it to carry 31 persons, including crew members. However, at the time of the accident the following were believed to be aboard: 4 crew, 29 passengers, 5 infants in arms and 2 children. The Colombian Civil Aeronautics Department had introduced a weight limit of 11,431 kg for all aircraft of this type engaged in passenger transport in Colombia. At the time of the accident the aircraft's weight was about 12,002 kg, i.e. 571 kg in excess of the figure allowed for aircraft engaged in passenger transport. As Bahía Solano is a fourth category airport the pilot-in-command should have completed a weight and balance manifest. He failed to do so.
Probable cause:
The cause of the accident was not determined. Possible contributing factors were:
- Weather conditions at the time,
- An error of the pilot in flying at an altitude unsuited to the route.
Final Report: