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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Status:
Date:Monday 24 June 1935
Time:14:51
Type:Silhouette image of generic TRIM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ford 5-AT-B Tri-Motor
Operator:Servicio Aéreo Colombiano - SACO
Registration: F-31
C/n / msn: 5-AT-006
First flight: 1928-11-22 (6 years 7 months)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 13
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 7
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport (EOH) (   Colombia)
Crash site elevation: 1506 m (4941 feet) amsl
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport (EOH/SKMD), Colombia
Destination airport:Bogotá-Techo Airport, Colombia
Narrative:
Two Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor passenger planes were destroyed in a collision at Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport (EOH), Colombia. Seventeen occupants were killed.
Tri-Motor F-31, operated by SACO, swung off the runway during takeoff run and struck a SCADTA Ford Tri-Motor, registered C-31 that was taxiing towards the runway. Both aircraft caught fire. All seven on board the SCADTA plane were killed. Ten of 13 occupants of the SACO plane were killed.
Among those killed on the SACO plane were: Capt Ernesto Samper Mendoza (pilot), Carlos Gardel (47, singer, actor), and Alfredo Le Pera (35, lyricist).

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» Aviacol.net > Servicio Aéreo Colombiano - SACO
» El Tiempo - 25 June 1935


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Distance from Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport to Bogotá-Techo Airport as the crow flies is 237 km (148 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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