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Crash of an Embraer ERJ-145 in Mitu

Date & Time: May 5, 2010 at 1049 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
FAC-1173
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Villavicencio - Mitú
MSN:
145-879
YOM:
2005
Flight number:
NSE9634
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
37
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
10254
Captain / Total hours on type:
1060.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1061
Copilot / Total hours on type:
806
Aircraft flight hours:
9095
Circumstances:
After landing on runway 20 (1,760 meters long) at Mitú-Fabio Alberto León Bentley Airport, aircraft encountered problems to stop. It overrun at a speed of 52 knots, lost its undercarriage and came to rest in a prairie some 163 meters further. All 41 occupants were uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. It was registered FAC-1173 (military) and also HK-4536 (civil).
Probable cause:
Wrong approach configuration on part of the crew. Execution of the landing procedure on runway 20 despite the fact that aircraft was unstable on approach. At runway threshold, aircraft altitude was too high and its speed on touch down was too high also (132 knots). Aircraft touch down 562 meters after the threshold, well past the touch down point. All brakes systems were activated but upper right thrust reverser deployed and retracted shortly later, which was considered as a contributory factor. Poor techniques used by pilot on approach and after touch down, deviation from standard operating procedures, non-adherence to published procedures and no reaction or corrective action to the EGPWS alarm contributed to the accident.

Crash of a Douglas DC-9 in Mitu: 3 killed

Date & Time: Dec 18, 2003 at 1700 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HK-4246X
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
El Yopal-Mitu
MSN:
47062
YOM:
1968
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:

While approaching Mitu Airport, the crew obtained clearance to descend from 23,000 to 7,000 feet when the aircraft disappeared from radar screens after hitting a mountain side. Rescue teams found all debris only five days later. All three occupants were killed.

Crash of an Antonov AN-32 in Mitu: 10 killed

Date & Time: Oct 8, 1994 at 1545 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HK-3929X
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Villavicencio-Mitu
MSN:
3301
YOM:
1992
Country:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10

Crash of a Douglas DC-6 in Mitu

Date & Time: May 21, 1994 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
HK-1276W
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
44056
YOM:
1953
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0

Crash of a Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter in Mitu: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jun 24, 1993 at 1200 LT
Operator:
Registration:
FAC-1112
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Taraira-Mitu
MSN:
821
YOM:
1983
Flight number:
FAC1112
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Aircraft flight hours:
3200

Crash of a Douglas C-53D- DO Skytrooper in Cararú: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jul 25, 1981
Operator:
Registration:
HK-772
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
11743
YOM:
1943
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
On approach to runway 29 at Carurú Airport, the captain decided to make a low pass to inspect the surface condition when the right engine started vibrating. The engine was shut down and its propeller was feathered. The crew initiated a right turn to land on runway 11 when the airplane lost speed, stalled and crashed about 500 meters short of runway. All three crew members and one passenger were killed while five other occupants were injured.
Probable cause:
Failure of the right engine on final for unknown reasons.

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-10-DK in Mitú

Date & Time: Jul 19, 1977
Registration:
HK-166
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
12560
YOM:
1944
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances while on approach to Mitú-Fabio Alberto León Bentley Airport. Six occupants were seriously injured while four others were unhurt. The aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Douglas C-47B-5-DK in Camanaos

Date & Time: Feb 17, 1977
Operator:
Registration:
FAC-1125
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
14531/25976
YOM:
1944
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
25
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Takeoff was initiated about 15 metres behind the threshold markings of runway 27. The soft surface hindered acceleration and 395 metres further on the left landing gear dropped into a wheel track left by the same aircraft while landing on runway 09. The aircraft deviated to the left and the pilot aborted the takeoff. The aircraft continued for another 47 metres before the left landing gear struck a fallen tree trunk. This turned the aircraft through 50° to the left and the nose became embedded in the undergrowth. Both engines and main landing gear broke off and the nose section was severely damaged. All occupants were evacuated safely but the aircraft was written off.

Crash of a Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina near Puerto Arturo: 2 killed

Date & Time: Nov 4, 1965
Operator:
Registration:
HK-811
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Villavicencio – Mitú
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
En route, weather conditions deteriorated and the seaplane crashed in unknown circumstances in an uninhabited area located in the region of Puerto Arturo. As the airplane failed to arrive at Mitú Airport, SAR operations were conducted and the wreckage was found on November 13. Four wounded people were evacuated while both pilots were killed.