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Crash of a Casa CN-235M-100 in Agustín Codazzi: 11 killed

Date & Time: Jul 31, 2015 at 1430 LT
Operator:
Registration:
FAC1261
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Palanquero – Valledupar – Barranquilla
MSN:
C-118
YOM:
1997
Country:
Crew on board:
11
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
11
Circumstances:
The aircraft left Palanquero AFB to Barranquilla with an intermediate stop in Valledupar. En route, while cruising in poor weather conditions, the crew informed ATC about an engine problem and all contacts were lost. It is believed the aircraft then stalled and crashed in a prairie located near Agustín Codazzi, some 50 km south of Valledupar. All 11 crew members were killed. They were performing a special mission on behalf of the Colombian Intelligence Forces.
Crew:
Maj Adalberto Ramírez,
Lt Sergio Bojacá,
2nd Lt Luisa Salazar,
2nd Lt Andrés Rojas,
1st Tec Juan Carlos Correa,
Tec Jorge Iván Angulo,
Tec Giovany Roa,
Tec Tercero Juan Camilo Rivera,
Tec Tercero Hawer Moreno,
Tec Elkin Sierra,
Tec Édgar Contreras.

Crash of a Rockwell Grand Commander 690 in Valledupar: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jan 13, 2007 at 2122 LT
Operator:
Registration:
YV-246CP
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Maracaibo - Panama City
MSN:
690-11278
YOM:
1976
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
While overflying Sierra de Perija, pilot informed ATC about technical problems. Later, the twin engine aircraft crashed in a mountainous terrain near Valledupar, northeast of Colombia. All four occupants were killed.

Crash of a Douglas DC-4 near Valledupar: 3 killed

Date & Time: Oct 17, 1978
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Carrying a load of marijuana, the four engine airplane crashed in unknown circumstances near Valledupar. All three crew members were killed.

Crash of a Lockheed PV-1 Ventura in Chimichagua: 3 killed

Date & Time: Apr 15, 1973 at 2045 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N175S
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Miami - Chimichagua
MSN:
5371
YOM:
1943
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Coming from Miami, Florida, the crew elected to land by night in an open field located in Chimichagua. On final, the twin engine airplane struck the ground and crashed in flames. The aircraft was destroyed and all three occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Improper in-flight decisions on part of the crew. The following factors were reported:
- Improper level off,
- Failed to follow approved procedures,
- Inadequate supervision of flight crew,
- No flight plan filed,
- Failed to report while entering Colombian airspace,
- Landed off airport.
Final Report:

Crash of a Handley Page HPR-7 Dart Herald 101 in Valledupar

Date & Time: May 7, 1972 at 1535 LT
Operator:
Registration:
HK-721
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Maicao – Valledupar – Barrancabermeja – Bogotá
MSN:
152
YOM:
1962
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
28
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Valledupar-Alfonso Lopez Pumarejo Airport at 1530LT bound for Barrancabermeja on a flight from Maicao to Bogotá. During initial climb, the crew reported technical problems with the left engine that failed and was cleared to return to Valledupar for a safe landing. On final approach to runway 02, the captain attempted an emergency landing when the airplane crash landed 900 meters short of runway threshold. All 32 occupants were injured and the aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
Failure of the left engine shortly after takeoff for undetermined reason.

Crash of a Fairchild F27 near Valledupar: 19 killed

Date & Time: Feb 5, 1972
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HK-1139
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Bogotá - Valledupar
MSN:
75
YOM:
1960
Flight number:
VC772
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
15
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
19
Circumstances:
The crew started the descent to Valledupar-Alfonso Lopez Airport in limited visibility when the airplane struck the slope of a mountain located few dozen km from Valledupar. The wreckage was found three days later and all 19 occupants have been killed.
Probable cause:
It is believed that the accident was the result of a controlled flight into terrain due to a premature descent.