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Crash of a Boeing 737-476 in Leticia

Date & Time: Jan 28, 2017 at 1830 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HK-5197
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Bogotá – Leticia
MSN:
24430/1820
YOM:
7
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After touchdown on runway 21 at Leticia-Alfredo Vásquez Cobo Airport, the aircraft encountered difficulties to stop within the remaining distance (the runway 21 is 2,000 meters long). When the airplane overran, the main landing gear sank and the aircraft came to rest on its belly. All four crew members were evacuated safely and it seems the aircraft is damaged beyond economical repair.

Crash of a Boeing 727-100 in Leticia: 6 killed

Date & Time: Nov 18, 2006 at 2105 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HK-3667-X
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Bogota-Leticia
MSN:
19430
YOM:
1966
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
The aircraft was making a cargo flight from Bogota to Leticia with a crew of 3 on board, 3 passengers and a cargo of fish. On approach to Leticia-Alfredo Vasquez Cobo airport, the aircraft struck an antenna and crashed near the village of San Sebastián de los Lagos. All 6 occupants were killed. Weather conditions at the time of the accident were good with 10 km visibility, wind calm and patches of fog.

Crash of an Antonov AN-32 in Leticia

Date & Time: Aug 24, 1998 at 1530 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HK-4007X
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Leticia - Girardot
MSN:
3303
YOM:
1992
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Aircraft flight hours:
1210
Circumstances:
The aircraft was completing a cargo flight from Leticia to Girardot, carrying three passengers, three crew members and a load of five tons of fish. During the takeoff roll at Leticia-Alfredo Vásquez Cobo Airport runway 20, at Vr speed, the pilot-in-command started the rotation but the aircraft failed to respond. In such conditions, the captain decided to abort and initiated an emergency braking procedure. Unable to stop within the remaining distance, the aircraft overran and came to rest 80 metres further. All six occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the total weight of the aircraft was 532 kilos above MTOW. Also, the CofG was beyond the forward limit.

Crash of a Douglas DC-6B near Leticia: 80 killed

Date & Time: Jul 24, 1985 at 1700 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
FAC-902
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Leticia - Bogotá
MSN:
45067
YOM:
1956
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
76
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
80
Circumstances:
Some aircraft operated by the Colombian Air Force were requisitioned to carry out regular schedule flights on behalf of Avianca because their pilots were striking. Few minutes after takeoff from Leticia-Alfredo Vásquez Cobo Airport, the pilot declared an emergency after the engine n°3 caught fire. While returning, fire spread to the right wing and the airplane went out of control and crashed in a jungle located 32 km north of the airport. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all 80 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Failure of the n°3 engine for unknown reasons.

Crash of a Curtiss C-46A-35-CU Commando in Leticia

Date & Time: Apr 30, 1973
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
HK-791
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
26805
YOM:
1944
Country:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After touchdown, a tyre burst. The airplane veered off runway and came to rest. There were no casualties but the aircraft was written off.
Probable cause:
Loss of control after a tyre burst upon landing.

Crash of a Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina off La Pedrera: 12 killed

Date & Time: Nov 26, 1966 at 1424 LT
Operator:
Registration:
FAC-621
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
La Pedrera – Leticia
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
12
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from runway 33 at La Pedrera Airport, while in initial climb, the seaplane stalled and crashed into the Rio Caquetá. A passenger was rescued while 12 other occupants were killed.

Crash of a Curtiss C-46A-35-CU Commando in Calderon

Date & Time: Apr 8, 1961
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HK-489E
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
26778
YOM:
1944
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
27
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed on landing at Calderon. All 29 occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was written off.

Crash of a Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina off La Pedrera: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jan 31, 1955
Operator:
Registration:
HK-1000E
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Bogotá – Villavicencio – Mitú – La Pedrera
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The aircraft was completing a cargo flight from Bogotá to La Pedrera with intermediate stop at Apiay AFB in Villavicencio and Mitú, carrying four passagers, four crew members, mail and various goods. While trying to land on the Río Caqueta near La Pedrera, the seaplane crashed into the river. All four passengers and a crew member were killed while three other occupants were killed.

Crash of a Ford 5 in Tarapaca: 16 killed

Date & Time: Aug 27, 1941 at 1520 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
644
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Tarapaca – Tres Esquinas
MSN:
5-AT-089
YOM:
10
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
13
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
16
Circumstances:
Few minutes after take off from Tarapaca Airport, bound for Tres Esquinas, the aircraft caught fire and crashed in a dense wooded area located few km from the airport. Rescuers arrived on the scene 2 days and a half later and all 16 occupants were killed.

Crash of a Ford 5 near Tarapaca: 1 killed

Date & Time: Apr 22, 1941
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
643
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Caucaya – Tarapaca
MSN:
5-AT-047
YOM:
23
Country:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
While descending to Tarapaca Airfield, the crew encountered engine problems and attempted to make an emergency landing. The aircraft came to rest near the Rió Putumayo, on Brazilian territory, few km from the border with Colombia. A crew member was killed while all 13 other occupants were rescued.
Probable cause:
Engine failure.