Date & Time: Jun 24, 1935 at 1458 LT
Type of aircraft:
Ford 5
Registration:
F-31
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Medellin - Bogotá
MSN:
5-AT-006
YOM:
22
Country:
Colombia
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
2
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
8
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
10
Circumstances:
While taking off from Medellin-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport, aircraft swerved on runway, veered off and collided with a Ford 5 of SCADTA that was taxiing for departure. Both aircraft were destroyed by fire and several explosions. All seven occupants aboard the Ford of SCADTA were killed as aboard the SACO's Ford, ten occupants were killed as three others were injured.
Crew:
Ernesto Samper Mendoza, pilot and founder of SACO, and one copilot.
Passenger:
Henry Schwartz,
Guillermo Barbieri,
Caledonio Palacios,
Alfredo Le Pera,
Carlos Gardel, 'The King of Tango',
Grant Y. Flynn,
José Aguilar,
Domingo Riverol,
Alfonso Azaff 1.
José Plaja.
Probable cause:
It is the opinion of the investigation board that the accident was caused by a loss of control of the SACO Ford during the take off run due to strong lateral winds in combination with irregularities in the runway surface that led the left main gear to leave the ground before rotation, which contributed to let the aircraft to veer off runway. The captain tried to maintain directional control but this was unsuccessful.