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Last updated: 19 October 2020
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Saturday 9 March 2019
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3
Operator:LASER Aéreo Colombia
Registration: HK-2494
C/n / msn: 33105/16357
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hrs:27308
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Finca La Bendición, San Martín (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:San Jose del Guaviare-Jorge E. González T. Airport (SJE/SKSJ), Colombia
Destination airport:Villavicencio Airport (VVC/SKVV), Colombia
The DC-3 aircraft with registration HK2494, operated by LASER, was prepared to make a non-scheduled passenger flight between Taraira Airport (SKTR) and the aerodrome Villavicencio (SKVV) in Colombia. The aircraft took off at 06:13 hours local time with a crew of three, eight passengers and 500 kgs of cargo.
Adverse weather conditions were encountered en route and the crew decided divert to Miraflores (SKMF) where it landed at 07:39. There two more passengers boarded the flight for Villavicencio.
At 08:34 the aircraft took off from Miraflores and flew to San Jose del Guaviare (SKSJ) to refuel, where it landed at 09:14. The aircraft was fueled and the crew submitted a flight plan to Villavicencio with a total flight time of 45 minutes an altitude of 8,500 feet. Prior to departure one more passenger boarded the flight.
The aircraft took off at 09:55. At 10:15, when the aircraft was climbing through 8,100 feet and approximately 59NM (109 km) from Villavicencio, the flight reported engine problems and stated their intentions to divert to a nearby airstrip. Villavicencio ATC suggested La Rinconada Airstrip in the Municipality of San Martín, Meta, Colombia.
The aircraft lost altitude and last radio contact was at 10:32 when the crew radioed that they had a runway in sight, with no further information.
At 10:34 the aircraft hit the ground of a palm plantation with a high angle of descent and low speed. Flaps and undercarriage were retracted at the time of the accident. The aircraft slid across a gravel road and burst into flames.

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photo of Douglas-DC-3-HK-2494
accident date: 09-03-2019
type: Douglas DC-3
registration: HK-2494

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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
1945 44-76773 USAAF
April 1945 99826 US Navy
8 Oct. 1971 N87611 University of Texas registered
6 Aug. 1980 N87611 Freedom Export registered
29 Oct. 1980 HK-2494 SAEP
1997 HK-2494 SAEP stored Bogotá
9 Sept. 1999 HK-2494 SADELCA
Oct. 2015 HK-2494 LASER

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 San Jose del Guaviare-Jorge E. González T. Airport to Villavicencio Airport as the crow flies is 206 km (129 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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