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Last updated: 28 September 2016
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Date:Sunday 27 January 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic B720 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 720-059B
Operator:Avianca
Registration: HK-725
C/n / msn: 18087/249
First flight: 1961-11-07 (18 years 3 months)
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Quito-Mariscal Sucre Airport (UIO) (   Ecuador)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Quito-Mariscal Sucre Airport (UIO/SEQU), Ecuador
Narrative:
The crew made an instrument approach in VMC weather to Quito. The aircraft landed too fast (143 knots instead of 123 kts) 300 m down the runway. The Boeing, named "Santander", overran the runway by 70 m and came to rest with the nosegear collapsed.
PROBABLE CAUSE: Pilot misjudged speed and distance on landing and didn't follow the appropriate procedures to activate the emergency brakes.


Classification:
Runway excursion

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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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