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Crash of a Boeing 737-700 in San Andres: 2 killed

Date & Time: Aug 16, 2010 at 0147 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HK-4682
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Bogota - San Andres
MSN:
32416/1270
YOM:
2002
Flight number:
ARE8250
Country:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
125
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Approach was performed in bad weather conditions, with heavy rain falls, thunderstorms activity and low visibility at night. On final, crew as informed by ATC of a 4,000 meters visibility in rain showers. Captain continued the approach but aircraft hit the ground 49 meters short of runway 06 threshold. All landing gear and both engines were sheared off, aircraft slid on runway and eventually broke in three. Two passengers were killed.
Probable cause:
Execution of the flight below the angle of approach, due to a misjudgment of the crew, believing to be much higher, leading the aircraft to fly a typical trajectory of a 'black hole' illusion, which was experienced during the night-time approach to a runway with low contrast surrounded in bright focused lights, aggravated by bad weather of heavy rain.

Crash of a Cessna 414 Chancellor in San Andres, Colombia

Date & Time: Jul 26, 2008 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XB-JBD
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
San Salvador-Barranquilla
MSN:
414-0629
YOM:
1979
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:

En route to Barranquilla, crew informed ATC about engine problem and elected to divert to San Andres-Gustavo Rojas Pinilla Airport. On final approach, aircraft crashed into the sea. Both pilots escaped.

Crash of a Curtiss C-46A-40-CU Commando into the Caribbean Sea: 45 killed

Date & Time: Dec 8, 1959 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HK-515
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
San Andrés – Cartagena – Medellín
MSN:
26941
YOM:
1944
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
42
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
45
Circumstances:
Twenty minutes after his departure from San Andrés Island, while cruising at an altitude of 9,500 feet, the captain informed ATC about his position vertical to PC-2 beacon in good weather conditions. This was the last radio transmission. SAR operations were conducted but eventually suspended three days later as no trace of the aircraft nor the 45 occupants was found. Eight days later, some equipment of the right main gear were found on a beach of the Moron Island in Panama.
Probable cause:
Due to the lack of evidence, investigations were unable to determine the exact cause of the accident.

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-30-DK in San Andrés: 3 killed

Date & Time: Sep 8, 1953 at 1316 LT
Operator:
Registration:
XH-TAR
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
San Pedro Sula – San Andrés
MSN:
13817/25262
YOM:
1944
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The flight which departed from San Pedro Sula Airport on an extra flight with cargo for the San Andrés Mine, took off at 1242LT. The load was properly distributed with the centre of gravity on take-off, within the authorized limits. At 1316LT, following the first and only attempt to land at San Andrés Aerodrome, the aircraft crashed into a nearby mountain approximately 5 kilometers from the aerodrome. Fire broke out on impact and the aircraft and cargo were completely destroyed. The three crew, who were the only parsons on board, were killed.
Probable cause:
Failure of the right engine when the pilot wished to obtain maximum power from both engines after a missed landing.
Final Report: