ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-3C HK-3213 Miraflores Airport (MFS)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 25 May 1995
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Operator:LACOL Colombia
Registration: HK-3213
MSN: 25659/14214
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:15000
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Miraflores Airport (MFS) (   Colombia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport (VVC/SKVV), Colombia
Destination airport:Miraflores Airport (MFS/SKMF), Colombia
A Douglas DC-3C cargo plane was destroyed when crashed near Miraflores Airport (MFS), Colombia. Two crew members and three passengers were killed in the accident Two crew members and six passengers survived.
The airplane operated on a domestic flight from Villavicenco (VVC) carrying livestock and passengers. It was descending towards Miraflores when the no. 1 engine failed. In poor weather the airplane contacted trees and crashed. A fire erupted.
Investigation showed that the airplane was operated outside the centre of gravity limits with 30% MAC where the aft limit was 28%. Also, no records were found about the pilot's experience or training on DC-3 aircraft.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE (translated from original Spanish report):
The probable cause of this accident is the loss of lift, induced by explosions and fire in the left engine, problems that the pilot was unable to overcome because he was flying VFR in IMC.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: Aerocivil Colombia
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: final report
Download report: Final report

VFR flight in IMC
Engine fire
Loss of control

» Scramble 196(62)


photo of Douglas-DC-3C-HK-3213
accident date: 25-05-1995
type: Douglas DC-3C
registration: HK-3213

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 Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport to Miraflores Airport as the crow flies is 362 km (226 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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