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Last updated: 23 October 2017
Datum:zondag 9 juli 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-60-CS Commando
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:R.M. Marmolejo
Registratie: HK-851P
Constructienummer: 2926/383
Bouwjaar: 1945
Aantal vlieguren:38837
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 2 / inzittenden: 2
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 8 / inzittenden: 17
Totaal:slachtoffers: 10 / inzittenden: 19
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:3 km (1.9 mijl) E of Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport (VVC) (   Colombia)
Fase: Initiële klim (ICL)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse charter
Vliegveld van vertrek:Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport (VVC/SKVV), Colombia
Vliegveld van aankomst:Mitú Airport (MVP/SKMU), Colombia
The C-46 HK-851P was owned and operated by a private individual. It was certified to carry a maximum of 13 occupants. It was prepared for a non-scheduled cargo/passenger flight from Villavicencio (VVC) to Mitú (MVP). The flight plan indicated that the flight was to follow Airway W-17 at 9000 feet to Mitú and that there were six persons on board. In fact the airplane carried the two pilots and seventeen passengers. The C-46 took off at 08:23. Shortly after takeoff the right-hand (no. 2) engine caught fire. Because the fire extinguishing bottles of the engines were empty, the fire could not be extinguished. The pilot attempted to return to the airport by executing a right hand turn. The crew consequently lost control and the airplane crashed.
The investigation into the cause of the accident revealed that the airplane was not in an airworthy condition. Flight experience of both pilots was not logged and the captain and owner of the plane did not have a valid medical certificate.

Probable Cause:

CAUSA PROBABLE: "Decisión y operación inapropiadas del piloto al efectuar regreso con viraje a la derecha por incendio incontrolado en el motor No 2 induciendo un a perdida de sustentación sobre el ala del mismo lado que hizo perder e control sobre la aeronave al piloto a los controles."

PROBABLE CAUSE: The decision and inappropriate operation of the pilot to return with a right hand turn with an uncontrolled fire in the No.2 engine leading to a loss of lift on the wing on that side and a loss of control over the aircraft. (translation from Spanish; the Spanish version is the original)


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 Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport en Mitú Airport bedraagt 493 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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