ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-3A HK-3462 Miraflores Airport (MFS)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Monday 6 June 2005
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A
Operator:Transportes Aéreos del Ariari - TARI
Registration: HK-3462
MSN: 11759
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:4898
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S1C3-G
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 25
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 28
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:2 km (1.3 mls) W of Miraflores Airport (MFS) (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Miraflores Airport (MFS/SKMF), Colombia
Destination airport:San Jose del Guaviare-Jorge E. González T. Airport (SJE/SKSJ), Colombia
The DC-3 aircraft was chartered by the Colombian Army to fly soldiers from Miraflores (MFS) to San Jose del Guaviare (SJE) and Villavicencio (VCE).
According to the airline, 18 soldiers with arms and equipment boarded the plane. The Army stated that 25 soldiers boarded the plane.
Shortly after take off from runway 20, the engineer noted a fire in the left hand engine. As the pilot turned right the cabin filled with smoke. Emergency procedures were followed as the crew attempted to return to the airport. Meanwhile the fire caused deformation of the wing between the fuselage and the engine. Also, the left main gear fell down as a result of the fire. Speed was lost, causing the pilot to ultimately decide upon a forced landing. The aircraft impacted trees and came to rest in a forest. All occupants survived the accident.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE: Undetermined.
The investigators were not able to travel to the accident site due to the presence of hostile rebels in the area and thus were not able to retrieve key components like the engines.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: Aerocivil
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: Final report
Download report: Final report

Cause undetermined
Forced landing outside airport


photo of Douglas-DC-3A-HK-3462
accident date: 06-06-2005
type: Douglas DC-3A
registration: HK-3462

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 Miraflores Airport to San Jose del Guaviare-Jorge E. González T. Airport as the crow flies is 156 km (98 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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