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Last updated: 17 April 2019
Date:Wednesday 31 January 2001
Type:Silhouette image of generic S210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle 10R
Operator:Líneas Aéreas Suramericanas
Registration: HK-3932X
C/n / msn: 201
First flight: 1966-01-21 (35 years )
Total airframe hrs:24072
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7A
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:7,8 km (4.9 mls) from El Yopal Airport (EYP) (   Colombia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:El Yopal Airport (EYP/SKYP), Colombia
Destination airport:Mitú Airport (MVP/SKMU), Colombia
The Caravelle was operating on a cargo flight from Bogotá to Mitú via Yopal. The aircraft departed Yopal at 13:45. While attempting to land at Mitú, the landing gear struck the ground short of the threshold. The crew carried out a go around and returned to Yopal. En route the no. 1 engine was shut down because of low oil pressure. The Caravelle flew over the control tower at Yopal twice to determine the state of the undercarriage. It appeared that part of the left main landing gear was missing. The crew then positioned the plane for an approach and landing. As the plane turned into long final it struck the ground, crash-landed in a meadow and caught fire. The cargo consisted of a.o. 14 barrels with 55 gallons of gasoline each.

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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 El Yopal Airport to Mitú Airport as the crow flies is 509 km (318 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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