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Last updated: 24 October 2020
Date:Monday 15 March 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Agencia Interamericana de Aviación - AIDA
Registration: C-1002
C/n / msn: 6254
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 15
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:29 km (18.1 mls) S of Chocontá (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:El Secreto Airport, Colombia
Destination airport:Bogotá-Techo Airport, Colombia
Flew into the side of the Alto El Arrastradero mountain.
A 14-year-old girl survived the accident.

The aircraft is also reported to have had msn 6252, but 6254 seems more likely.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» El Tiempo 18 March, p1+9
» El Tiempo 17 March 1948, p1+11
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 63)


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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 El Secreto Airport to Bogotá-Techo Airport as the crow flies is 121 km (76 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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