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Accident description
Last updated: 13 December 2017
Date:Monday 8 October 2007
Type:Silhouette image of generic L410 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Let L-410UVP-E10A
Operator:Nacional de Aviación
Registration: HK-4055
C/n / msn: 912521
First flight: 1991
Total airframe hrs:2435
Engines: 2 Walter M-601E
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:ca 33 km NE of Cubarral (   Colombia)
Crash site elevation: 3610 m (11844 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport (VVC/SKVV), Colombia
Destination airport:Uribe Airport (URI), Colombia
The Let 410 departed Villavicencio (VVC) at 15:30 on a domestic VFR flight to Uribe (URI). The airplane never arrived and was declared missing.
On October 11 about 07:00, the wreckage was found in the mountains in the Páramo El Nevado area at an elevation of 3610 m (11800 feet).
Investigation revealed that the crew had continued VFR flight in deteriorating weather conditions over mountainous terrain. When the terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) began to sound the crew failed to take corrective action. The alarm sounded for three minutes and six seconds before the airplane flew into the side of the mountain.

Probable Cause:

Execution of flightby Visual Flight Rules under deteriorating weather conditions, based on erroneous navigation led to a CFIT-accident.
Low situational awareness regarding the geographical orientation at the beginning and during the flight and the failure to observe the warnings of closeness with terrain for three minutes, issued by the TAWS equipment.

VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Preliminary Accident Report 200724 (Aeronautica Civil de Colombia)


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