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Accident description
Last updated: 26 November 2015
Date:Friday 15 October 2004
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Registration: HK-1503
C/n / msn: 34331
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Medellín (   Colombia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport (VVC/SKVV), Colombia
Destination airport:Rionegro/Medellín-José María Córdova Airport (MDE/SKRG), Colombia
Douglas DC-3 HK-1503 departed Villavicencio at 06:30 in the morning for a cargo flight to Medellín-José María Córdova Airport. At 07:35 the air traffic controller radioed that weather conditions at the airport were poor due to fog. The captain then decided to divert to Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport.
While descending, the airplane struck electricity wires and crashed into a wooded area.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

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photo of Douglas DC-3C HK-1503
HK-1503 pictured here during a runway mishap three months prior to the accident.
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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 Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport to Rionegro/Medellín-José María Córdova Airport as the crow flies is 298 km (186 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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