Accident Douglas DC-3A HK-3462,
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Date:Monday 6 June 2005
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-3A
Owner/operator:Transportes Aéreos del Ariari - TARI
Registration: HK-3462
MSN: 11759
Year of manufacture:1943
Total airframe hrs:4898 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S1C3-G
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 28
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:2 km W of Miraflores Airport (MFS) -   Colombia
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Miraflores Airport (MFS/SKMF)
Destination airport:San Jose del Guaviare-Jorge E. González T. Airport (SJE/SKSJ)
Investigating agency: Aerocivil
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
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.

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
Report number: Final report
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report




photo (c) Karl Krämer, via Werner Fischdick; Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport (VVC); September 1996

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