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Accident description
Last updated: 17 July 2018
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Saturday 28 January 2017
Type:Silhouette image of generic B734 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-476 (SF)
Operator:Aer Caribe - Aerolinea del Caribe
Registration: HK-5197
C/n / msn: 24430/1820
First flight: 1990-02-07 (27 years)
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-3C1
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Leticia-Alfredo Vásquez Cobo Airport (LET) (   Colombia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO), Colombia
Destination airport:Leticia-Alfredo Vásquez Cobo Airport (LET/SKLT), Colombia
A Boeing 737-400 cargo plane, operated by Aer Caribe, was damaged after suffering a runway excursion after landing on runway 21 at Leticia-Alfredo Vásquez Cobo Airport, Colombia. The four occupants were not injured.
During deceleration after landing, the no.4 tire (outer tire of the right hand main gear) exploded,

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: Aerocivil
Status: Investigation ongoing

Runway excursion

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METAR Weather report:
00:00 UTC / 19:00 local time:
SKLT 290000Z 00000KT 8000 -DZ BKN010 25/25 A2984 RMK AD OPER IMC

21:00 UTC / 16:00 local time:
SKLT 282100Z 00000KT 9999 SCT010 BKN015 27/24 A2982

22:00 UTC / 17:00 local time:
SKLT 282200Z 32003KT 9999 -DZ SCT010 BKN015 27/24 A2980 RERA

23:00 UTC / 18:00 local time:
SKLT 282300Z 00000KT 9999 -RA BKN010 BKN080 26/24 A2986 RMK AD OPER IMC


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VH-TJE left Qantas in 2013 and was acquired by Aer Caribe in 2016
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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
7 Feb. 1990 VH-TJE Boeing first flight
27 Feb. 1990 VH-TJE Australian Airlines delivered
31 Oct. 1993 VH-TJE Qantas
2 Dec. 2013 N230AG Aero Acquisitions registered; converted to Special Freighter
9 June 2016 HK-5197 Aer Caribe registered

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 Leticia-Alfredo Vásquez Cobo Airport as the crow flies is 1088 km (680 miles).

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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Boeing 737-400

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