Date & Time: Aug 27, 1981 at 1545 LT
Type of aircraft:
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Florencia - Neiva
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Few minutes after takeoff from Florencia-Gustavo Artunduaga Paredes Airport, while cruising in bad weather conditions, the four engine airplane struck the slope of Mt Santa Elena shrouded in clouds and located about 48 km north of Florencia. The wreckage was found few hours later. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all 50 occupants were killed.
It was determined that the crew continued to fly under VFR mode in IMC conditions below the minimum safe altitude as published in the procedures.