Date & Time: Aug 16, 2010 at 0147 LT
Type of aircraft:
Boeing 737-700
Operator:
Registration:
HK-4682
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Bogota - San Andres
MSN:
32416/1270
YOM:
2002
Flight number:
ARE8250
Country:
Colombia
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
125
Pax fatalities:
2
Other fatalities:
0
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.