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Last updated: 6 August 2020
Date:Sunday 7 May 1972
Time:ca 15:35
Type:Handley Page HPR-7 Herald 101
Operator:Lineas Aéreas La Urraca
Registration: HK-721
C/n / msn: 152
First flight: 1962
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart (series unknown)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 28
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 32
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:0,9 km (0.6 mls) from Valledupar Airport (VUP) (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Valledupar Airport (VUP/SKVP), Colombia
Destination airport:Barrancabermeja-Yariguíes Airport (EJA/SKEJ), Colombia
A Handley Page HPR-7 Herald 101 passenger plane sustained substantial damage in a forced landing accident near Valledupar, Colombia.
The airplane, operated by La Urraca, originated in Maicao (MCJ) and was bound for Bogotá (BOG) with en route stops at Valledupar (VUP) and Barrancabermeja (EJA). The airplane took off from Valledupar at 15:30 and suffered a no. 1 engine failure several minutes later. The captain attempted to return on one engine but the airplane lost height quickly. A forced landing was carried out some 900 metres short of the runway.

Forced landing outside airport

» El Tiempo - 8 May 1972


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Distance from Valledupar Airport to Barrancabermeja-Yariguíes Airport as the crow flies is 382 km (239 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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