Narrative:A DC-3 operated by the Colombian military airline SATENA went missing over mountainous terrain near Betania, Antioquia. The wreckage was located in the morning of January 25. The airplane had impacted the side of a mountain called Cerro de San Nicolás at an elevation of 12,500 feet (3800 m)
|Date:||Friday 21 January 1972|
Douglas C-47 (DC-3)
|C/n / msn:|| |
|First flight:|| |
|Crew:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 36 / Occupants: 36|
|Total:||Fatalities: 39 / Occupants: 39 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Betania ( Colombia)
|Crash site elevation:|| 3800 m (12467 feet) amsl |
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport (EOH/SKMD), Colombia|
|Destination airport:||Quibdó-El Caraño Airport (UIB/SKUI), Colombia|
The airplane operated on a domestic service flight from Medellín to Cali with en route stops at Quibdó, Bahía Solano, and Buenaventura.
SATENA reported there were 27 passengers and four crew members on board.
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain
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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 Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport to Quibdó-El Caraño Airport as the crow flies is 130 km (81 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.