ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3) HK-437 Barrancabermeja
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 6 December 1962
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Líneas Aéreas Taxader
Registration: HK-437
MSN: 4697
First flight: 1942
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 23
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 26
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:48 km (30 mls) from Barrancabermeja (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bucaramanga-Gomez Niño Airport, Colombia
Destination airport:Barrancabermeja-Yariguíes Airport (EJA/SKEJ), Colombia
Flightnumber: 209
Flight 209 departed Bucaramanga at 16:28 for a flight to Barrancabermeja. ETA was given as 16:50. The plane didn't arrive at its destination and was found to have crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was attributed to an error of judgement on the part of the pilot in trying to fly VFR in IFR conditions. The heavy rain prevented him from seeing trees with which he collided, and loss of control of the aircraft resulted."

» ICAO Accident Digest No.14 Volume I, Circular 71-AN/63 (92-94)


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Distance from Bucaramanga-Gomez Niño Airport to Barrancabermeja-Yariguíes Airport as the crow flies is 76 km (47 miles).

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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