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Last updated: 16 July 2019
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Thursday 7 April 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-5-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Aerolineas Llaneras - Arall
Registration: HK-2663
C/n / msn: 12352
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-42
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2,6 km (1.6 mls) SW of Puerto Gaitán Airport (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Puerto Gaitán Airport (SKPG), Colombia
Destination airport:Villavicencio Airport (VVC/SKVV), Colombia
A Douglas DC-3, operated by Arall Colombia, was destroyed by fire following a forced landing near Puerto Gaitán, Colombia. The three occupants were injured.
The aircraft took off from runway 04 at Puerto Gaitán Airport about 06:22 hours local time. Upon rotation of the aircraft, the crew heard an explosion from the no.1 (left) engine. The pilot noticed that the no.1 engine cover had torn away, hitting the propeller blades. The aircraft began to lose height and speed and the crew decided to perform an emergency landing in a field.
The aircraft struck the ground causing detachment of the propellers and parts of the aircraft. After coming to rest, a post-impact fire started that consumed much of the aircraft.
An inspection of the engine revealed that one of the cylinder heads had broken away. Parts were found near the end of the runway.


Forced landing outside airport

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» Previous accident of HK-2663 on 17 Dec. 2004


photo of Douglas-C-47A-HK-2663
accident date: 07-04-2016
type: Douglas C-47A (DC-3)
registration: HK-2663

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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 Puerto Gaitán Airport to Villavicencio Airport as the crow flies is 169 km (106 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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