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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 Douglas C-47 in Mariquita: 5 killed

Date & Time: Dec 12, 1982 at 1200 LT
Registration:
HK-2580
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Mariquita-Bogota
MSN:
19127
YOM:
1943
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5

Crash of a Martin 404 in Mariquita: 2 killed

Date & Time: Aug 7, 1974 at 1400 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
HK-1485
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Mariquita - Mariquita
MSN:
14237
YOM:
1952
Country:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a local training flight at Mariquita Airport. On final approach, the instructor simulated an engine failure and reduced the power on the left engine when the pilot-in-command lost control of the airplane that stalled and crashed 500 meters short of runway 18 threshold. Two pilots were killed while four others were injured.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the accident was the consequence of a poor crew coordination while the instructor failed to supervise properly the pilot under training. He also failed to pay sufficient attention to the approach configuration and failed to realize that the approach speed was too low.