Accident
Last updated: 25 July 2014
Status:
Datum:zaterdag 19 maart 1960
Tijd:21:10 UTC
Type:Curtiss C-46A-60-CS Commando
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Sociedad Aeronautica Medellin - SAM
Registratie: HK-516
Constructienummer: 2927/384
Bouwjaar: 1945
Aantal vlieguren:15876
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 22 / inzittenden: 42
Totaal:slachtoffers: 25 / inzittenden: 46
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:11 km (6.9 mijl) NW of Planeta Rica (   Colombia) show on map
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:San Andres Island-Sesquicentenario Airport (ADZ/SKSP), Colombia
Vliegveld van aankomst:Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport (EOH/SKMD), Colombia
Vluchtnummer: 901
Beschrijving:
SAM Flight 901 departed San Andres Island for a flight to Medellin. no. 1 engine problems (overspeeding) developed after 19:42 GMT. The crew radioed Medellin that they were returning to Planeta Rica, but the plane crashed 11km NW of Planeta Rica.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was attributed to an error of judgement in that the pilot decided to land at an airport which was closed and where no radio aid was available at the time when he was in visual flight at an adequate altitude and close to several airports offering good characteristics and suitable weather conditions. In addition, the pilot underestimated the malfunction that at the time had developed in the left engine. The following contributing factors intervened: 1) Malfunction in the carburetor of the left engine resulting in intermittent overspeeding and slight coughing; 2) Adverse weather conditions (namely thick mist, rain, hail and electric storm) which prevailed in the area and in the vicinity of Planeta Rica Airport at the time of the accident; 3) The lack of communications which prevented the pilot from being briefed on the weather conditions at Planeta Rica Airport and from being informed of the absence of tower or radio facility services owing to the time-table in force at the airport."

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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen San Andres Island-Sesquicentenario Airport en Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport bedraagt 970 km (606 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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