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Last updated: 21 March 2019
Datum:Montag 7 Juli 2008
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic B742 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-209BSF
Betrieben durch:Centurion Air Cargo
Gemietet von :Kalitta Air
Kennzeichen: N714CK
Werknummer: 22446/519
Baujahr: 1981-04-07 (27 years 3 months)
Triebwerk: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7Q
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 8
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 8
Opfer am Boden:Todesopfer: 2
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:10 km (6.3 Meilen) W of Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG) (   Kolumbien)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO), Kolumbien
Flug nach:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), USA
Boeing 747 N714CK, operated by Kalitta Airlines as a wet lease to Centurion Airlines, took off from Bogota (BOG), carrying a cargo of flowers to Miami (MIA).
Reports say the crew radioed that they had an engine fire. The airplane impacted a farm field, broke up and caught fire. A farm was demolished in the crash, killing two people inside.
Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed during the accident, with a reported cloud ceiling of 1,700 above the ground and calm winds.

Probable Cause:

The inability of the accident aircraft to maintain flight after the loss of power of two engines.
A non-recoverable surge on the engine No.4 during the rotation, resulting in loss of engine power. Contributing to the surge were the combined effects of the inefficient high pressure turbine, excessive blade-tip clearance, reduced cord of the the fan blades and of the leading edges and the effects of high altitude.
An undetermined anomaly in the engine No. 1, which manifested itself during the extra power, resulted in loss of engine power. Contributing to the loss of engine power was inadequate No. 1 operation to maintain the proper speed during the ascent of the aircraft, resulting in extra power use and, in turn, exposing the anomaly of the engine.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: Aerocivil
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 2 months
Accident number: COL-08-10-GIA
Download report: Final report

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» NTSB id DCA08RA078


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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
07 APR 1981 B-1886 China Airlines
B-18753 China Airlines Cargo new registration
06 NOV 2002 N714CK Kalitta Air

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 Bogotá-Eldorado Airport to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 2423 km (1514 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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