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Last updated: 24 August 2019
Date:Sunday 4 February 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC85 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-8-55F
Operator:Líneas Aéreas del Caribe - LAC Colombia
Registration: HK-3979X
C/n / msn: 45882/282
First flight: 1966
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B (Q)
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 20
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:2 km (1.3 mls) N of Asunción-Silvio Pettirossi International Airport (ASU) (   Paraguay)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Asunción-Silvio Pettirossi International Airport (ASU/SGAS), Paraguay
Destination airport:São Paulo/Campinas-Viracopos International Airport, SP (VCP/SBKP), Brazil
The DC-8 took off for an empty positioning flight from Asuncion runway 02. At VR power was reduced on no. 1 engine and, after rotation, also on the no. 2 engine. With the gear still down and flaps at 15° the aircraft lost control and crashed on a playing field 2 km past the runway.
The crew possibly used the positioning flight as an opportunity for crew training.

Loss of control

» ICAO Adrep Summary 2/96 (#25)
» Scramble 202(49)


photo of DC-8F-55-HR-AMU
accident date: 04-02-1996
type: McDonnell Douglas DC-8F-55
registration: HR-AMU

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 Asunción-Silvio Pettirossi International Airport to São Paulo/Campinas-Viracopos International Airport, SP as the crow flies is 1079 km (674 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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