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Last updated: 3 December 2021
Date:Saturday 24 December 1966
Time:ca 10:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-80-DL (DC-3)
Registration: HK-161
MSN: 19630
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 26
Total:Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 29
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Cerro Las Animas (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO), Colombia
Destination airport:Pasto-Antonio Nariño Airport (PSO/SKPS), Colombia
Avianca Flight 729 departed Bogotá-Eldorado Airport at 08:12 hours local time on a domestic flight to Pasto. Last radio contact was at 09:20 when it reported to a controller at Cali that the flight expected to arrive at Pasto at 10:17 hours.
The wreckage was found on January 4, 1967 on a mountain slope, 60 km northeast of Pasto.

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photo of Douglas-C-47A-HK-161
accident date: 24-12-1966
type: Douglas C-47A (DC-3)
registration: HK-161

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 Bogotá-Eldorado Airport to Pasto-Antonio Nariño Airport as the crow flies is 505 km (315 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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