Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2014
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 9 May 1995
Time:16:35
Type:Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Operator:COINCO - Cooperativa Interregional de Colombia
Registration: HK-3079G
C/n / msn: 22538
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hrs:21406
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-83AM12
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:5,1 km (3.2 mls) N of Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport (VVC) (   Colombia) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Mit˙ Airport (MVP/SKMU), Colombia
Destination airport:Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport (VVC/SKVV), Colombia
Narrative:
After a flight from Mitu, the C-46 arrived near Villavicencio at about 16:30 LT. The crew were cleared for a circling approach to runway 04. Weather was poor at the time of the approach. There was heavy rain with a visibility of 1000m. After passing the Missed Approach Point the crew did not see the runway and began to manoeuvre in the area in order to obtain visual contact with the runway. The airplane wandered over mountainous terrain until it struck the side of a hill and crashed.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
Human factor in operational decisions involving the loss of situational awareness of the crew, departing from the standard approach procedures, in this case (VOR-DME, NDB Rwy 04/22,) to find the runway that is very close to the mountain range in low visibility conditions.
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
Restricted visibility of the VOR at the runway and locally, mainly at the 22 treshold and to the NNE.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Scramble 195(52)


Photos

photo of Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando HK-3079X
HK-3079X was sold to Trans Oriente in March 1994 and sold to Coinco three months later
Add your photo of this accident or aircraft
 

Map
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 Mit˙ Airport to Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport as the crow flies is 494 km (308 miles).

languages: English Franšais Nederlands Deutsch Espanol

Share
Share