Crash of a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain in Popayán: 7 killed

Date & Time: Sep 15, 2019 at 1411 LT
Operator:
Registration:
HK-5229
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Popayán - López de Micay
MSN:
31-7405212
YOM:
1974
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Popayán-Guillermo León Valencia Airport, while climbing, the twin engine airplane went out of control and crashed onto a house located near the airport. Seven occupants were killed while two others were seriously injured as well as five people on the ground.

Crash of a Douglas DC-3 in Finca La Bendición: 14 killed

Date & Time: Mar 9, 2019 at 1040 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HK-2494
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
San Jose del Guaviare – Villavicencio
MSN:
33105/16357
YOM:
1945
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
14
Circumstances:
While descending to Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport, the crew contacted ATC and declared an emergency when the airplane crashed in flames in a palm grove located in Finca La Bendición, about 35 km south of La Vanguardia Airport. The aircraft was partially destroyed by a post crash fire and all 14 occupants were killed.

Crash of a Beechcraft 99 in Ibagué: 4 killed

Date & Time: May 2, 2018 at 1830 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
PNC-0203
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Bogotá – Ibagué – Mariquita
MSN:
U-199
YOM:
1983
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The crew departed Bogotá on a training flight to Mariquita with an intermediate stop at Ibagué-Perales Airport. While on approach by night, the twin engine aircraft went out of control and crashed in flames in a field located few km from the airport. The aircraft was totally destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and all four crew members were killed.
Crew:
Maj Andrés Valbuena Cadena,
Lt Carlos Andrés León Caicedo,
Lt Juan Alcides Sosa Triana,
Sub John Wílfer Parra Solano.

Crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan near Guaymaral: 8 killed

Date & Time: May 1, 2017 at 1630 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
EJC-1130
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Tolemaida - Bogotá
MSN:
208B-1194
YOM:
2006
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft was performing a short flight from Tolemaida AFB to Guaymaral Airport in Bogotà. While descending from the west, the aircraft hit trees and crashed on the slope of Cerro Manjui, about 5 km west of the airfield. All eight occupants, among them three civilians, were killed.

Crash of a Boeing 737-476 in Leticia

Date & Time: Jan 28, 2017 at 1830 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HK-5197
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Bogotá – Leticia
MSN:
24430/1820
YOM:
7
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After touchdown on runway 21 at Leticia-Alfredo Vásquez Cobo Airport, the aircraft encountered difficulties to stop within the remaining distance (the runway 21 is 2,000 meters long). When the airplane overran, the main landing gear sank and the aircraft came to rest on its belly. All four crew members were evacuated safely and it seems the aircraft is damaged beyond economical repair.

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

Date & Time: Dec 20, 2016 at 1723 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HK-4544
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Puerto Carreño - Bogota
MSN:
21105/1158
YOM:
22
Country:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
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.

Crash of an Avro RJ85 in La Ceja: 71 killed

Date & Time: Nov 28, 2016 at 2158 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CP-2933
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Santa Cruz - Medellín
MSN:
E.2348
YOM:
1999
Flight number:
LMI2933
Country:
Crew on board:
9
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
68
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
71
Captain / Total flying hours:
6692
Captain / Total hours on type:
3417.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
6923
Copilot / Total hours on type:
1474
Aircraft flight hours:
21640
Aircraft flight cycles:
19737
Circumstances:
The aircraft was performing a charter flight from Santa Cruz-Viru Viru to Medellín-José María Córdova (Rionegro) Airport, carrying members of the Chapecoense Real soccer team from Brazil who were traveling to Medellín to play against Atletico Nacional for a Copa Sudamericana game. The descent to Medellín was started by night and in good weather conditions when it seems that the encountered electrical problem. At 2156LT, while descending to FL155, the four engine aircraft hit tree tops and crashed in a wooded area located on the slope of a mountain located in the Cerro Gordo, near the city of La Ceja, about 17 km south from runway 01 threshold. The aircraft was totally destroyed upon impact but there was no fire. Six (two crew member and four passengers) were injured and evacuated while 71 other occupants were killed. According to first investigations, the crew encountered electrical problems and the aircraft may have suffered a fuel exhaustion. Due to the combination of several factors and findings that were detected during initial investigations, it was determined that the primary cause of the accident may have been a fuel exhaustion. The board of investigation was then in a process to determine the exact circumstances of the occurrence and to understand the course of events and the exact behavior and flight supervision (instruments, fuel jauges, flight preparation, operations, permission, ground assistance) on part of the flight crew and the operator. On December 2, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bolivia revoked with immediate effect the Air Operator Certificate of LAMIA. All flights have been suspended since.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the accident was the consequence of an inappropriate planning and execution of the flight, since the amount of fuel required to fly from the airport of destination to an alternate airport was not considered, nor was the amount of reserve fuel, nor the contingency fuel, nor the minimum landing fuel, quantities of fuel required by aeronautical regulations for the execution of the type of international flight that the aircraft CP-2339 was performing. The following factors were considered as contributing:
- Loss of situational awareness,
– Premature configuration of the aircraft for landing,
– Latent deficiencies,
– Lack of operational supervision and control of part of Operator,
– Organizational and operational deviation on the part of the Operator (non compliant to standard procedures).
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan in San Antonio de Prado: 4 killed

Date & Time: Sep 30, 2016 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
HK-3804
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Medellín – Juradó
MSN:
208B-0315
YOM:
1992
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
Few minutes after takeoff from Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport, while climbing, the aircraft suffered engine problems. As the crew was unable to return to Medellín, the captain attempted an emergency landing when the aircraft hit a hill and crashed in trees. A pilot and three passengers were killed while seven others occupants were injured. The aircraft was destroyed. The crew was performing a charter flight to Juradó.

Crash of a Douglas DC-3 in Puerto Gaitán

Date & Time: Apr 6, 2016 at 0625 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HK-2663
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Puerto Gaitán – Villavicencio
MSN:
10210
YOM:
1945
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Puerto Gaitán Airport, while on a cargo flight to Villavicencio, an engine failed. The crew decided to return to Puerto Gaitán but as the captain realized this was not possible, he reduced his altitude and attempted an emergency landing in a prairie located few km from the airport. The aircraft belly landed and slid for several yards before coming to rest in flames. All three crew members were injured and evacuated while the aircraft was destroyed by fire.

Crash of a Cessna 402B in Acandí: 2 killed

Date & Time: Nov 17, 2015 at 1001 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HK-4981-G
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
MSN:
402B-1042
YOM:
1976
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
On approach to Acandí Airport, the twin engine aircraft crashed onto a house located in the district of Miramar. The pilot and a passenger were killed while eight other occupants were injured. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair. All passengers were members of a baseball team flying to Acandí to take part to a tournament.