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Táchira

Crash of a Let L-410UVP-E in San Cristóbal: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jul 13, 2003 at 1415 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
YV-1060CP
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
La Carlota - San Cristóbal
MSN:
90 25 05
YOM:
1990
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
While descending to San Cristóbal Airport, the crew encountered marginal weather conditions and limited visibility due to low clouds. On approach, the twin engine aircraft struck the slope of Mt La Gama located in the Chorro del Indio National Park. Six people were seriously injured while four passengers were killed. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain after the crew initiated the descent prematurely in poor visibility.

Crash of a Pilatus PC-6/B2-H2 Turbo Porter near Potosí: 11 killed

Date & Time: Apr 19, 1989 at 1134 LT
Operator:
Registration:
FAC-1110
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Cúcuta – Arauca
MSN:
818
YOM:
1983
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
11
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft departed Cúcuta-Camilo Daza Airport at 1106LT and proceeded to the east. While cruising at an insufficient altitude, it struck the slope of a mountain located in the region of Potosí, Venezuela. The wreckage was found six days later, on April 25. All 11 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
It is believed that the pilot was inexperienced and failed to follow the minimum prescribed altitude for the area.

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-65-Dl near Rubio: 28 killed

Date & Time: Nov 21, 1978
Operator:
Registration:
HK-1393
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Cúcuta - Arauca
MSN:
19053
YOM:
1943
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
25
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
28
Circumstances:
While cruising at an altitude of 11,200 feet in marginal weather conditions, the airplane struck the slope of a mountain located about 30 km south of Rubio, in the Judio Mountain Range. The wreckage was found few hours later and all 28 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
For unknown reasons, the airplane was not following the correct route as mentioned on the flight plan and its altitude was insufficient. Controlled flight into terrain.

Crash of a Convair CV-580 in San Antonio del Táchira

Date & Time: Nov 4, 1977
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
YV-59C
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
445
YOM:
1958
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
30
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed upon landing for unknown reasons. All 34 occupants escaped uninjured and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a De Havilland U-1A Otter in San Antonio del Táchira: 3 killed

Date & Time: Apr 11, 1969
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
59-2221
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
San Antonio del Táchira – Maracaibo
MSN:
364
YOM:
1960
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Few minutes after takeoff from San Antonio del Táchira Airport, the crew encountered technical difficulties and elected to return when control was lost. The airplane crashed few km from the airfield and was destroyed. A passenger and the copilot survived while three other occupants were killed.
Those killed were:
Maj Larry Frank, pilot,
Lt Miles W. Bowen,
Harold D. Moir Jr.
Probable cause:
Unknown mechanical failure.

Crash of a Fairchild C-82A Packet near Santo Domingo: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jun 17, 1958 at 1000 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
HK-930
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Arauca – Cúcuta
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The airplane left Arauca at 0930LT on a cargo flight to Cúcuta. About thirty minutes later, while overflying the region of Santo Domingo, the aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances in a wooded area. All three crew members were killed.

Crash of a Curtiss C-46-CU Commando near Capacho: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jul 13, 1955
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
HK-607
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Cúcuta – Cravo Norte
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances near Capacho while performing a cargo flight from Cúcuta to Cravo Norte. The passenger was seriously injured while all three crew members were killed.

Crash of a Douglas C-47-DL in La Grita

Date & Time: Feb 23, 1948
Operator:
Registration:
YV-AGU
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Caracas – Maracaibo – Cúcuta – Bogota
MSN:
4205
YOM:
1941
Country:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
12
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On the leg from Maracaibo to Cúcuta, while starting the descent, the crew encountered technical problems with the engines and elected to make an emergency landing. The aircraft crash landed and was written off. All 17 occupants were injured, nine of them seriously.
Probable cause:
Engine failure.