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Last updated: 10 December 2019
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Date:Thursday 5 July 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic A748 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Siddeley HS-748-245 Srs. 2A
Operator:Avianca
Registration: HK-1408
C/n / msn: 1657
First flight: 1968
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 40
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 44
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Bucaramanga-Gomez Niño Airport (   Colombia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport (EOH/SKMD), Colombia
Destination airport:Bucaramanga-Gomez Niño Airport, Colombia
Narrative:
A Hawker Siddeley HS-748 passenger plane was damaged beyond repair in a runway excursion accident at Bucaramanga-Gomez Niño Airport.
Due to rainfall at Bucaramanga, runway 10 was wet when the HS-748 approached the airport. The aircraft touched down 469 m past the threshold and started veering to the left for 312 m before corrective action was taken. The aircraft then veered to the right and aquaplaned off the runway when the pilot tried to ground loop. The aircraft continued through the perimeter fence, fell across a street and crashed into four houses. Three children were killed.

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» El Tiempo - 6 Jul 1973


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Distance from Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport to Bucaramanga-Gomez Niño Airport as the crow flies is 288 km (180 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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