Accident description
Last updated: 25 April 2014
Status:Final
Date:Monday 8 November 1965
Time:12:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL
Operator:Taxi Aéreo Opita - TAO
Registration: HK-1202
C/n / msn: 4402
First flight: 1942
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 31
Total:Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 36
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Canón del Paraiso (   Colombia) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Neiva Airport (NVA/SKNV), Colombia
Destination airport:San Vicente del Caguan-Eduardo Falla Solano Airport (SVI/SKSV), Colombia
Narrative:
The DC-3 took off from Neiva at 12:07, with an estimated time of arrival at San Vicente del Caguán (SVI) of 12:45. The aircraft impacted against trees on a mountain near Cerro del Diablo and crashed.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The primary cause of the accident was a pilot error in that the pilot-incommand of the aircraft continued to fly VFR in adverse weather conditions on a route which was not authorized for a VFR flight by the Colombian Airways Manual. A contributing cause was: an error by other personnel in that the dispatcher improperly prepared the passenger and cargo manifests and the load and trim sheet and overloaded the aircraft by approximately 1456.5 kg."

Events:


Sources:
» ICAO Circular 88-AN/74 Volume III (83-87)


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Distance from Neiva Airport to San Vicente del Caguan-Eduardo Falla Solano Airport as the crow flies is 106 km (66 miles).

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