ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-3C HK-2820 Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport (VVC)
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Status:Accident Investigation report not yet completed, but information verified through authorities or other sources.
Date:Thursday 8 July 2021
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Operator:ALIANSA Colombia
Registration: HK-2820
MSN: 20171
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:13,5 km (8.4 mls) N of Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport (VVC) (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport (VVC/SKVV), Colombia
Destination airport:Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport (VVC/SKVV), Colombia
A Douglas DC-3 crashed in a mountainous area after takeoff from Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport, Colombia. The aircraft was performing a training flight, carrying an instructor captain, student captain and a maintenance engineer. All three occupants suffered fatal injuries.
At the time of takeoff there was rain over the airfield and low visibility. However, the airfield was operating in visual conditions. The aircraft started engines at the company's facilities at 06:43, and was cleared to taxi to the holding point on runway 05. During the taxi, the crew requested that, after takeoff, it be cleared to fly to the VIDAL position, then to the VOR VVC, join the VOR pattern, and approach Villavicencio. This request was authorized by ATC, as the standard VVC2A instrument departure. The aircraft took off from Vanguardia airport at 06:59 normally and the Tower transferred control of the aircraft to Villavicencio Approach (VVC APP). At 07:08, VVC APP identified on its radar screen that HK-2820 was turning left, outside the DME arc protection 15 miles from VOR VVC, instead of intercepting and continuing the arc to the VIDAL position, as established by VVC2A standard departure. The controller made a call to the aircraft inquiring about the direction of its turn, without receiving any response. At 07:09 radar contact with the aircraft was lost.
The aircraft was found to have crashed in a mountainous area, in the foothills of the Eastern Cordillera, at 6000 feet above mean sea level with a rocky surface and lush vegetation with trees approximately 10 to 15 meters high. The terrain has a slope of approximately 60°; the aircraft was suspended by the trunks of three trees, which prevented it from falling into a precipice.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: Aerocivil
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: COL-21-30-GIA


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METAR Weather report:
12:00 UTC / 07:00 local time:
SKVV METAR SKVV 081200Z 04004KT 9999 VCSH BKN020 SCT090 22/21 Q1015 RMK VCSH/NE A2998=

13:00 UTC / 08:00 local time:
SKVV METAR SKVV 081300Z 30004KT 8000 -DZ BKN015 SCT090 22/21 Q1016 RMK A3002=


photo of Douglas-DC-3C-HK-2820
accident date: 08-07-2021
type: Douglas DC-3C
registration: HK-2820

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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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