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Last updated: 3 December 2021
Date:Wednesday 26 August 1981
Time:ca 15:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 745D Viscount
Operator:Aeropesca Colombia
Registration: HK-1320
MSN: 112
First flight: 1956
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 44
Total:Fatalities: 50 / Occupants: 50
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:ca 48 km N of Florencia (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Florencia-Gustavo Artunduaga Paredes Airport (FLA/SKFL), Colombia
Destination airport:Neiva Airport (NVA/SKNV), Colombia
Flightnumber: 221
The Viscount crashed into the jungle on a mountain peak called Mt. Santa Elena.
PROBABLE CAUSE: Continuing VFR in meteorological conditions below the minimum laid down in the Manual of Colombian air routes.

VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» The Bulletin - Aug 27, 1981


photo of Vickers-745D-Viscount-HK-1320
accident date: 26-08-1981
type: Vickers 745D Viscount
registration: HK-1320

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 Florencia-Gustavo Artunduaga Paredes Airport to Neiva Airport as the crow flies is 154 km (96 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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