ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-3-455 HK-1212 Las Gaviotas Airport (LGT)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Sunday 20 June 2004
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-455
Registration: HK-1212
MSN: 4987
First flight: 1942
Total airframe hrs:50159
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 20
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Las Gaviotas Airport (LGT) (   Colombia)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Las Gaviotas Airport (LGT/SKGA), Colombia
Destination airport:Puerto Carreño-Cumaribo Airport (PCR/SKPC), Colombia
A VIARCO flight from Villavicencio (VVC) to Puerto Carreño-Cumaribo Airport (PCR) had to make a precautionary landing at Las Gaviotas Airport because of some technical problems. Another plane, HK-1212 was sent to Las Gaviotas to pick up the passengers.
The DC-3 aircraft took off from runway 24. Upon leaving the ground the right engine failed and caught fire. The DC-3 crash-landed in trees and caught fire.

Probable Cause:

CAUSAS: "Ruptura de una biela y posterior pérdida total de potencia e incendio en el motor derecho durante la rotación del avión, lo cual redujo el rendimiento de la aeronave haciendo que el piloto perdiera el control de la misma, produciéndose la colisión inmediata contra el terreno."

CAUSES: "Rupture of a crank and subsequent total loss of power and fire in the right engine during rotation of the plane, which reduced the performance of the aircraft, causing the pilot to lose control of the aircraft, resulting in the immediate collision with the ground." (translated from Spanish)

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: Aerocivil
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: COL-04-16-GIA
Download report: Final report

Engine fire
Loss of control


photo of Douglas-DC-3-455-HK-1212
accident date: 20-06-2004
type: Douglas DC-3-455 (C-49J)
registration: HK-1212

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 Las Gaviotas Airport to Puerto Carreño-Cumaribo Airport as the crow flies is 419 km (262 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.
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