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Crash of a Douglas DC-3 in Finca La Bendición: 14 killed

Date & Time: Mar 9, 2019 at 1040 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HK-2494
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
San Jose del Guaviare – Villavicencio
MSN:
33105/16357
YOM:
1945
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
14
Circumstances:
While descending to Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport, the crew contacted ATC and declared an emergency when the airplane crashed in flames in a palm grove located in Finca La Bendición, about 35 km south of La Vanguardia Airport. The aircraft was partially destroyed by a post crash fire and all 14 occupants were killed.

Crash of a Beechcraft King Air C90 in Villavicencio: 5 killed

Date & Time: Mar 12, 2014 at 0620 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HK-4921
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Bogota – Araracuara
MSN:
LJ-721
YOM:
1977
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft left Bogota-El Dorado Airport at 0600LT on an ambulance mission bound for Araracuara, State of Caquetá. Fifteen minutes after takeoff, crew contacted ATC and requested to divert to Villavicencio due to unknown technical problems. On approach to Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport, the King Air stalled and crashed in flames near a road. All five occupants were killed and the aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and postcrash fire.

Crash of a Beechcraft Super King Air 350 in Uribe: 6 killed

Date & Time: Sep 7, 2010 at 1200 LT
Operator:
Registration:
FAC-5747
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
FL-454
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:

Aircraft was on a survey flight when it disappeared from radar screens. Debris and dead bodies were eventually found on 11SEP2010 on a hill near Uribe, Meta State, Colombia. All six occupants killed.

Crash of a Rockwell Gulfstream 695A Jetprop 1000 in Puerto López: 8 killed

Date & Time: Feb 19, 2001
Operator:
Registration:
EJC-114
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
695-96083
YOM:
1985
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
On approach to Puerto López Airport, the twin engine aircraft was too low and crashed in hilly terrain located few km from the airfield. The aircraft was destroyed and all 8 occupants were killed.

Crash of a Curtiss C-46A-60-CS Commando in Villavicencio: 10 killed

Date & Time: Jul 9, 2000 at 0825 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
HK-851P
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Villavicencio – Mitú
MSN:
383
YOM:
1945
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
17
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Aircraft flight hours:
38837
Circumstances:
The aircraft, registered to a private individual, departed Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport on a charter flight to Mitú, carrying 17 passengers and two pilots while the aircraft was certified to carry 13 passengers maximum. The crew filed an flight plan with only six people on board. Shortly after takeoff, while in initial climb, the right engine caught fire. The crew activated the fire extinguishing system but as both bottles were empty, the fire could not be contained. The captain initiated a right hand turn to return to the airport when the aircraft stalled and crashed, bursting into flames, two minutes after takeoff. Both pilots and eight passengers were killed while nine other people were injured. The aircraft was totally destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire.
Probable cause:
The decision and inappropriate operation of the pilot to return with a right hand turn with an uncontrolled fire in the n°2 engine leading to a loss of lift on the wing on that side and a loss of control over the aircraft. It was also determined that the aircraft was not airworthy at the time of the accident. The crew flying experience could not be determined as the crew failed to complete their personal logbook. Also, the captain's medical certificate was not valid anymore.

Crash of a Douglas DC-6A in Villavicencio: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jul 4, 1999 at 1212 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
HK-1776
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Villavicencio – Mitú
MSN:
45499/1011
YOM:
1958
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
12
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Villavicencio-La Vanguardia airport at 1206LT on a cargo flight to Mitú, carrying 12 passengers, three crew members and a load of various goods consisting of food and also 7 tons of fuel in 55 drums. After takeoff from runway 22, while climbing, the engine n°2 lost power. The captain decided to return for an emergency landing and was cleared to land on the same runway. On final approach, the airplane became unstable when the flight engineer shut down the engine n°2. The aircraft landed too far down the runway, about 1,700 feet past the runway threshold. Unable to stop within the remaining distance, it overran and came to rest against an embankment, bursting into flames. Four passengers were killed while 11 other occupants were injured. The aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
The following findings were identified:
- Wrong approach configuration on part of the crew,
- Poor approach planning and execution, causing the aircraft to be unstable on short final,
- The landing speed was excessive and the aircraft landed too far down the runway,
- Unnecessary shut down of the engine n°2, causing the hydraulic systems of the main brakes to be unserviceable,
- Late application of the brakes after touchdown.

Crash of a Douglas C-47B-20-DK in Villavicencio

Date & Time: Mar 30, 1996 at 0835 LT
Registration:
HK-2497
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Villavicencio - La Macarena
MSN:
15634/27079
YOM:
1945
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
18
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Copilot / Total flying hours:
2107
Copilot / Total hours on type:
353
Aircraft flight hours:
20486
Circumstances:
After takeoff from Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport, while climbing to an altitude of 1,900 feet, the captain reported severe vibrations with the left engine and was cleared to return. The crew shut down the left engine and started the approach to runway 22. But on final, he realized he could reach the airport so he completed a belly landing one km short of runway threshold. The aircraft came to rest in a field and was damaged beyond repair. All 20 occupants escaped uninjured.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the vibrations and the subsequent failure of the left engine was the consequence of a bad adjustment of the intake valves on cylinders n°8 and 9, which remained stuck in open position, causing high temperature and a loss of power.
Final Report:

Crash of a Casa 212 Aviocar 200 in La Macarena: 22 killed

Date & Time: Sep 9, 1995 at 0715 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
FAC-1152
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Villavicencio - La Macarena
MSN:
306
YOM:
1983
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
18
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
22
Circumstances:
While approaching La Macarena Airport, the crew encountered poor weather conditions and limited visibility due to rain falls and fog. Unable to establish a visual contact with the airport, the crew initiated a go-around procedure. Few minutes later, a second attempt to land was also abandoned. During a third attempt, the crew failed to realize his altitude was insufficient when the aircraft collided with a hill located about 8 km from the airport and came to rest upside down. A passenger was seriously injured while 21 other occupants were killed. Few days later, the only survivor died from his injuries.

Crash of a Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando in Villavicencio: 9 killed

Date & Time: May 9, 1995 at 1635 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
HK-3079-G
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Mitú – Villavicencio
MSN:
22538
YOM:
1945
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Captain / Total flying hours:
5902
Captain / Total hours on type:
2015.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1085
Copilot / Total hours on type:
96
Aircraft flight hours:
21406
Circumstances:
On approach to Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport runway 04, the crew encountered poor weather conditions (heavy rain falls) and a visibility limited to 1,000 metres. After passing the missed approach point, the crew was unable to establish a visual contact with the runway and initiated a go-around procedure. Shortly later, the aircraft struck the slope of a mountain located in the San Jeronimo Mountain Range, about 5 km north of runway 22 threshold. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and all 9 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Loss of situational awareness on part of the crew after he deviated from the standard approach procedures. The lack of visibility was considered as a contributing factor.
Final Report: