ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-8-301 HK-3952 Barranquilla-Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport (BAQ)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 23 August 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH8C model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-8-301
Operator:AIRES Colombia
Registration: HK-3952
MSN: 169
First flight: 1989
Total airframe hrs:31260
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW123
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 26
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 31
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Barranquilla-Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport (BAQ) (   Colombia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Curaçao-Hato International Airport (CUR/TNCC), Curaçao
Destination airport:Barranquilla-Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport (BAQ/SKBQ), Colombia
Flightnumber: 051
A de Havilland Canada DHC-8-301 passenger plane, registered HK-3952, sustained substantial damage following the collapse of the right hand main landing gear on landing at Barranquilla-Ernesto Cortissoz Airport (BAQ), Colombia. None of the 31 occupants were injured.
AIRES Flight 051 operated on an international flight from Curaçao-Hato International Airport (CUR). The approach and landing were normal, touching down about 770 metres past the threshold of runway 23. The crew noticed a vibration of the right hand main gear, after which the undercarriage leg collapsed. There was no fire.

Probable Cause:

CAUSA: "Fractura del anillo del tope mecánico del amortiguador del tren principal derecho, convirtiendo al conjunto del tren en una estructura sólida incapaz de absorber las cargas del aterrizaje, debido a la no incorporación de la Directiva de Aeronavegabilidad AD-2006-14 en la reparacián general de dicho tren."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: Aerocivil
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Download report: Final report

Landing gear collapse
Runway mishap


photo of DHC-8-301-HK-3952
accident date: 23-08-2008
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-8-301
registration: HK-3952

Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
23 OCT 1989 C-GFBW Boeing Canada Technology new registration
03 NOV 1989 C-FGNP Boeing Canada Technology new registration
29 OCT 1990 N6625A WWR/AGES Holding
18 FEB 1993 N169CL WTC
06 APR 1993 HS-SKU Bangkok Airways leased
N169CL AGES Aircraft Sales & Leasing
16 OCT 1997 HK-3952X AIRES Colombia
HK-3952 AIRES Colombia new registration

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 Curaçao-Hato International Airport to Barranquilla-Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport as the crow flies is 647 km (404 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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