Accident description
Last updated: 20 December 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 24 July 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6B
Operator:Fuerza Aérea Colombiana
Registration: FAC-902
C/n / msn: 45067/709
First flight: 1956
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 76 / Occupants: 76
Total:Fatalities: 80 / Occupants: 80
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:32 km (20 mls) N of Leticia (   Colombia) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Leticia-Alfredo Vásquez Cobo Airport (LET/SKLT), Colombia
Destination airport:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO), Colombia
Narrative:
Because of a strike among Avianca pilots, Air Force transport planes were used on domestic services. The aircraft was flying in bad weather (rainstorm) when a no. 3 engine fire caused the plane to crash into the jungle.

Sources:
» The Times 26.07.1985


Photos

photo of Douglas DC-6B N14436
N14436 was sold to the Indiasa Aviation Corp and leased to Virgin Islands International Airways in 1980. It was impounded in Colombia one year later and transferred to the Colombian Air Force.
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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 Leticia-Alfredo Vásquez Cobo Airport to Bogotá-Eldorado Airport as the crow flies is 1089 km (681 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.
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