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Last updated: 26 September 2017
Datum:donderdag 17 maart 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic B721 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-21
Registratie: HK-1716
Constructienummer: 18999/240
Bouwjaar: 1966-03-08 (22 years )
Aantal vlieguren:43848
Motoren: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 7 / inzittenden: 7
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 136 / inzittenden: 136
Totaal:slachtoffers: 143 / inzittenden: 143
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:25 km (15.6 mijl) NW of Cúcuta-Camilo Daza Airport (CUC) (   Colombia)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Cúcuta-Camilo Daza Airport (CUC/SKCC), Colombia
Vliegveld van aankomst:Cartagena-Rafael Núńez Airport (CTG/SKCG), Colombia
Struck El Espartillo Mountainat 6343 feet (1933 m) after takeoff from runway 33.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSES: "1. Active: A. Personnel factors - Pilot-in-command - Procedures, Regulations and instructions
a) Diverted attention from operation of aircraft and failed to exercise adequate and constant supervision over the performance of his co-pilot;
b) Tolerated inappropriate interference with cockpit discipline by authorized persons with access to the flight deck;
c) Continued VFR flight into IMC.
B. Personnel factor - Non-crew pilot in cockpit - Procedures, regulations and instructions
Interfered constantly with the normal operation of the aircraft, distracting the crew from the efficient execution of their duties.
2. Passive
A. Personnel factor- Crew- Procedures, regulations and instructions: lack of teamwork on the part of the crew, reflected in the failure to coordinate the instructions needed to take off and climb out in VMC using a profile established in accordance with the specific conditions.
B. Other factors - Meeting the schedule: The delays resulting from the change of aircraft for mechanical reasons contributed to the decision by the pilot-in-command to give inappropriate support to company priorities and request to depart, rather than waiting as recommended by the Control Tower, in order to avoid adding to the delays already experienced."

» ICAO Adrep Summary 2/88 (#5)
» ICAO Circular 2660-AN/154 (12-26)


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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
08 MAR 1966 N321PA Pan Am
20 SEP 1974 HK-1716 Avianca

Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Cúcuta-Camilo Daza Airport en Cartagena-Rafael Núńez Airport bedraagt 430 km (269 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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