Date & Time: Jul 20, 1920
Type of aircraft:
Farman F.40
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Cartagena - Barranquilla
Country:
Colombia
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
1
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from the bay of Cartagena, while climbing, engine stopped. Pilot Félix Fratoni lost control of the aircraft which lost height and crashed into the sea. The pilot and a passenger were killed while a second passenger was injured. Miguel Araujo, Director of the newspaper El Porvenir, was the only survivor.
Probable cause:
Engine failed due to fuel exhaustion. The engineer in charge to prepare the flight forgot to put fuel in the tank prior to departure, and pilot was not aware of that and did not make any preflight control.