Narrative:Flight 203 departed Bogotá at 07:11 for a flight to Cali. While climbing through FL130, a bomb detonated on board, igniting fuel vapours in an empty fuel tank. The subsequent explosion caused the aircraft to crash. Some sources claim 3 people were killed on the ground.
|Date:||27 NOV 1989|
|C/n / msn:|| 19035/272|
|First flight:|| 1966-05-19 (23 years 7 months)|
|Engines:|| 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 101 / Occupants: 101|
|Total:||Fatalities: 107 / Occupants: 107 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||16 km (10 mls) SW of Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG) (Colombia)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO), Colombia|
|Destination airport:||Cali-Alfonso Bonilla Aragón Airport (CLO/SKCL), Colombia|
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B727 N326PA flew for PanAm for nine years before being sold to Avianca in November 1975.
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 Bogotá-Eldorado Airport to Cali-Alfonso Bonilla Aragón Airport as the crow flies is 278 km (174 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.