Accident description
Last updated: 23 December 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 29 July 1972
Time:06:53
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A
Operator:Avianca
Registration: HK-107
C/n / msn: 11723
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 17
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Las Palomas (   Colombia) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Villavicencio Airport (VVC/SKVV), Colombia
Destination airport:Paz de Ariporo-Casanare Airport (PZA/SKPZ), Colombia
Flightnumber: 626
Narrative:
Two Avianca DC-3 aircraft, HK-107 and HK-1341 crashed following a mid-air collision over the Las Palomas mountain range, Colombia. All 38 passengers and crew members were killed.
Flight AV626 departed Villavicencio (VVC) at 06:20 for a domestic flight to Paz de Ariporo (PZA), Arauca (AUC) and Saravena (RVE). There were three crew members and eighteen passengers on board.
The other flight, carried out by HK-1341, departed Villavicencio at 06:22 on a flight to El Yopal (EYP), Trinidad (TDA), Orocue (ORC) and Las Gaviotas (LGT).
There were three crew members and fourteen passengers on board.
Both aircraft were heading in the same direction, initially with a separation of two minutes. About thirty minutes after takeoff both aircraft collided and crashed.


Classification:
Mid air collision
Loss of control

Sources:
» La Nacion - Jul 30, 1972


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Distance from Villavicencio Airport to Paz de Ariporo-Casanare Airport as the crow flies is 268 km (168 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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