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Last updated: 14 August 2020
Date:Sunday 21 December 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic S210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle VI-R
Operator:TAC Colombia
Registration: HK-1810
C/n / msn: 165
First flight: 1963
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Avon 533R
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 63 / Occupants: 63
Total:Fatalities: 70 / Occupants: 70
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Riohacha (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Riohacha-Almirante Padilla Airport (RCH/SKRH), Colombia
Destination airport:Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport (EOH/SKMD), Colombia
A Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle VIR passenger plane was destroyed when it crashed shortly after takeoff from Riohacha. Colombia. All 70 on board were killed.
The aircraft was on its first scheduled flight after 17 months of maintenance work. It operated on a domestic service from Bogotá, Colombia, to Barranquilla, Valledupar, Riohacha, Medellín and back to Bogotá. On board were 63 passengers, seven crew members and a cargo of fireworks.
At 14:18 the Caravelle took off from Riohacha for the leg to Medellín. Five minutes after takeoff an explosion occurred and there appeared to be a fire in the right-hand aft portion of the aircraft. The Caravelle went out of control and crashed. It's not known for sure whether the explosion was caused by a bomb or not.

Loss of control

» El Tiempo - 22 Dec 1980


photo of Caravelle-VIR-EC-ATX
accident date: 21-12-1980
type: Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle VIR
registration: EC-ATX

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 Riohacha-Almirante Padilla Airport to Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport as the crow flies is 655 km (409 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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