ASN Aircraft accident Cessna 208B Grand Caravan N5512B El Paujil
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Status:Information verified through authorities or other official sources.
Date:Tuesday 25 March 2003
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:One Leasing
Registration: N5512B
MSN: 208B0299
First flight: 1992
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near El Paujil (   Colombia)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:Larandia Air Base, Colombia
Destination airport:Larandia Air Base, Colombia
The Caravan plane N5512B was the second plane used on classified counter-drug intelligence missions on behalf of the U.S. military. The other Caravan N1116G had crashed near Florencia on February 13. Three crew members were taken hostage by FARC rebels in the area. N5512 departed Bogota and landed at the Larandia Air Base where it refueled. At 19:06 the airplane departed Larandia for a reconnaissance flight to find three Americans who where taken hostage. It banked slightly west after takeoff, then turned northeast towards a mountainous area. Nine minutes after takeoff, 13 miles from the runway, the Cessna contacted a large tree on a ridgeline at an altitude of about 4500 feet. The airplane yawed violently, rolled into a near vertical dive and impacted the bottom of a brush-covered gully 1500 feet below the ridge where the aircraft disintegrated on impact and caught fire.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: Aerocivil Colombia
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: COL-03-09-GIA
Download report: Final report

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Avioneta de EE.UU. cae en Colombia (BBC Mundo, 26-3-2003)
» Flying blind, by John McQuaid (The Times-Picayune 10-11-2003)
» Aeronautica Civil, Informe Preliminar 200309


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