ASN Aircraft accident Handley Page HPR-7 Herald 101 HK-718 Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport (VVC)
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Date:Friday 2 November 1973
Type:Handley Page HPR-7 Herald 101
Operator:Lineas Aéreas La Urraca
Registration: HK-718
MSN: 150
First flight: 1961
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart (series unknown)
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport (VVC) (   Colombia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Arauca-Santiago Pérez Airport (AUC/SKUC), Colombia
Destination airport:Cúcuta-Camilo Daza Airport (CUC/SKCC), Colombia
When landing at Arauca (AUC) after a flight from Paz de Ariporo (PZA) and Tame (TME) a loss of hydraulic fluid was noted on the left main gear hydraulic system. A split hose was changed before the aircraft left for a flight to Cúcuta. Some 5 minutes after takeoff a burning smell and smoke were noticed in the cockpit. It appeared then that the undercarriage was still extended, though the undercarriage indicators in the cockpit didn't show this.
The crew elected to divert to Villavicencio and made two low runs over the field to obtain instructions from the chief of maintenance and the airline's instructor.
While on final approach to runway 22 the pilot was told by the instructor on the ground to feather the no. 1 engine as a precautionary measure. After passing the threshold at low altitude, power was reapplied and the aircraft turned slowly to the left, lost altitude and crashed in flames.

» El Tiempo 3 November 1973, p1+8A
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Distance from Arauca-Santiago Pérez Airport to Cúcuta-Camilo Daza Airport as the crow flies is 217 km (135 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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