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Accident description
Last updated: 20 March 2018
Date:Monday 24 November 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-35-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Dirección General de Aduanas
Registration: HK-1221G
C/n / msn: 9703
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Murri (   Colombia)
Crash site elevation: 2896 m (9501 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Turbo-Gonzalo Mejía Airport (TRB/SKTU), Colombia
Destination airport:Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport (EOH/SKMD), Colombia
The DC-3, operated by the Colombian Customs, was destroyed when it impacted the side of a mountain (Cerro El Boquerón) at 9500 feet. All aboard were killed.
Weather in the area was poor with heavy rainfall.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Continued VFR flight in deteriorating weather at very low altitude in a mountainous area.

VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» El Tiempo - 27 Nov 1980, p.6A
» El Tiempo - 29 November 1980, p.1A+6A
» El Tiempo - 2 December 1980, p.2B
» El Tiempo - 26 Nov 1980


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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 Turbo-Gonzalo Mejía Airport to Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport as the crow flies is 244 km (152 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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.
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