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Accident description
Last updated: 22 November 2017
Status:Final
Date:Monday 7 July 2008
Time:03:52
Type:Silhouette image of generic B742 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-209BSF
Operating for:Centurion Air Cargo
Leased from:Kalitta Air
Registration: N714CK
C/n / msn: 22446/519
First flight: 1981-04-07 (27 years 3 months)
Total airframe hrs:90613
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7Q
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 2
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:10 km (6.3 mls) W of Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG) (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO), Colombia
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Narrative:
Boeing 747 N714CK, operated by Kalitta Airlines as a wet lease to Centurion Airlines, took off from Bogota (BOG), carrying a cargo of flowers to Miami (MIA).
Reports say the crew radioed that they had an engine fire. The airplane impacted a farm field, broke up and caught fire. A farm was demolished in the crash, killing two people inside.
Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed during the accident, with a reported cloud ceiling of 1,700 above the ground and calm winds.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
The inability of the accident aircraft to maintain flight after the loss of power of two engines.
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
A non-recoverable surge on the engine No.4 during the rotation, resulting in loss of engine power. Contributing to the surge were the combined effects of the inefficient high pressure turbine, excessive blade-tip clearance, reduced cord of the the fan blades and of the leading edges and the effects of high altitude.
An undetermined anomaly in the engine No. 1, which manifested itself during the extra power, resulted in loss of engine power. Contributing to the loss of engine power was inadequate No. 1 operation to maintain the proper speed during the ascent of the aircraft, resulting in extra power use and, in turn, exposing the anomaly of the engine.

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: Aerocivil
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 2 months
Accident number: COL-08-10-GIA
Download report: Final report

Sources:
» La Republica
» NTSB id DCA08RA078


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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
07 APR 1981 B-1886 China Airlines
B-18753 China Airlines Cargo new registration
06 NOV 2002 N714CK Kalitta Air

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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 Bogotá-Eldorado Airport to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 2423 km (1514 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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