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Crash of a Dornier DO.28D-2 Skyservant in Taraira

Date & Time: Oct 9, 1996 at 1605 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HK-3982
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Mitú – La Pedrera
MSN:
4169
YOM:
1973
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
20000
Captain / Total hours on type:
500.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
4465
Copilot / Total hours on type:
300
Aircraft flight hours:
3217
Circumstances:
En route from Mitú to La Pedrera, weather conditions deteriorated. As the crew was unable to receive a last weather bulletin for the destination airport, he decided to divert to Taraira. Following a waiting period on the ground, the crew decided to takeoff but the soft runway surface was wet. Unable to gain sufficient speed, the crew abandoned the takeoff procedure but the aircraft overran and came to rest. All three occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Decision by the crew to abort takeoff from an inappropriate field due to the wet conditions and soft surface which produced higher coefficients of friction and a lower acceleration factor that prevented reaching takeoff speed after which the crew determined to discontinue the takeoff without sufficient stopping distance, which led to the accident.
Final Report:

Crash of a Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina off La Pedrera: 12 killed

Date & Time: Nov 26, 1966 at 1424 LT
Operator:
Registration:
FAC-621
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
La Pedrera – Leticia
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
12
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from runway 33 at La Pedrera Airport, while in initial climb, the seaplane stalled and crashed into the Rio Caquetá. A passenger was rescued while 12 other occupants were killed.

Crash of a Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina off La Pedrera: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jan 31, 1955
Operator:
Registration:
HK-1000E
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Bogotá – Villavicencio – Mitú – La Pedrera
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The aircraft was completing a cargo flight from Bogotá to La Pedrera with intermediate stop at Apiay AFB in Villavicencio and Mitú, carrying four passagers, four crew members, mail and various goods. While trying to land on the Río Caqueta near La Pedrera, the seaplane crashed into the river. All four passengers and a crew member were killed while three other occupants were killed.