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Last updated: 23 October 2017
Datum:Dienstag 9 Mai 1995
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Fluggesellschaft:COINCO - Cooperativa Interregional de Colombia
Kennzeichen: HK-3079-G
Werknummer: 22538
Baujahr: 1945
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-83AM12
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 7 / Insassen: 7
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 9 / Insassen: 9
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:5,1 km (3.2 Meilen) N of Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport (VVC) (   Kolumbien)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Flug von:Mitú Airport (MVP/SKMU), Kolumbien
Flug nach:Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport (VVC/SKVV), Kolumbien
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 1000 m. 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.
Restricted visibility of the VOR at the runway and locally, mainly at the 22 treshold and to the NNE.

» Scramble 195(52)


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photo of Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando HK-3079-X
HK-3079-X was sold to Trans Oriente in March 1994 and sold to Coinco three months later
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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 Mitú Airport to Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport as the crow flies is 494 km (308 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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