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Accident description
Last updated: 5 October 2015
Date:Sunday 22 April 1962
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-1-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Aerovias Pilotos Asociados - AVISPA
Registration: HK-524
C/n / msn: 12075
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 36 / Occupants: 36
Total:Fatalities: 40 / Occupants: 40
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:50 km (31.3 mls) from Bahía Solano (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bahía Solano-José Celestino Mutis Airport (BSC/SKBS), Colombia
Destination airport:Quibdó-El Caraño Airport (UIB/SKUI), Colombia
Flew into the Pico Bonito in the Serrania del Baudó mountain range.
The aircraft's certificate permitted it to carry 31 persons, including crew members. However, at the time of the accident the airplane carried 4 crew, 29 passengers, 5 infants in arms and 2 children.
The maximum takeoff weight permitted by the Colombian Civil Aeronautics Department was 11431 kg. At the time of the accident the aircraft's weight was about 12002 kg.

The cause of the accident was not determined. Possible contributing factors were:
1) weather conditions at the time; or
2) an error of the pilot in flying at an altitude unsuited to the route.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» ICAO Accident Digest No.14 Volume I, Circular 71-AN/63 (28-30)


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Bahía Solano-José Celestino Mutis Airport to Quibdó-El Caraño Airport as the crow flies is 100 km (63 miles).

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