Accident Douglas C-118A (DC-6) HK-1702,
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Date:Sunday 10 February 1991
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-118A (DC-6)
Owner/operator:Air Colombia
Registration: HK-1702
MSN: 44670/637
Year of manufacture:1955
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 85
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:16 km from Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG) -   Colombia
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO)
Destination airport:Arauca-Santiago Pérez Airport (AUC/SKUC)
A Douglas C-118A transport plane, operated by Air Colombia was chartered to carry 80 soldiers on a flight from Bogotá to Arauca and Puerto Carreño. The flight left at 09:10 hours local time but was forced to return due to a 'mechanical failure'.
Repairs were carried out and the flight left took off at 11:30 hours. Shortly after takeoff the no. 1 engine caught fire. The fire spread to engine no. 2, forcing the crew to carry out an emergency landing.
The aircraft landed in a field, rolled 400 meters and then broke in two. The DC-6 was destroyed by fire.
All five crew members and 80 soldiers, all sitting on the floor with their equipment, survived the accident.


Flight International
El Tiempo 11-2-1991


photo (c) Jaime Escobar; 16 km from Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG); 11 February 1991

photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Miami International Airport, FL (MIA); November 1987

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