Date & Time: Feb 6, 2003 at 1539 LT
Type of aircraft:
Piper PA-60 Aerostar (Ted Smith 600)
Pablo Valencia Iragorri
Guaymaral – Girardot – Popayán
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The twin engine aircraft was completing a flight from Guaymaral to Popayán with an intermediate stop in Girardot, carrying four passengers and one pilot. The aircraft departed Girardot-Santiago Vila Airport at 1523LT. The pilot contacted Bogotá Control and reported his altitude at 4,200 feet bound to the west. At 1537LT, he received the QNH pressure. Two minutes later, while cruising in clouds, the aircraft collided with trees and crashed on the slope of a mountain, bursting into flames. The wreckage was found on Mt San Isidro five days later. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and all five occupants were killed.
Controlled flight into terrain after the pilot decided to continue under VFR mode in IMC conditions.