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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 151182
Last updated: 12 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II
Registration: HK-4477-G
C/n / msn: 34-7870466
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North of Santander -   Colombia
Phase: En route
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cali
Destination airport:Barranquilla
Investigating agency: Aerocivil
A Piper Seneca II aircraft flying from Cali to Barranquilla via Cucuta crashed at the west of the town of Sardinata, Norte de Santander.

Last radio contact was at 10:22 am.

Probable cause
The probable cause of the accident was a controlled flight against the terrain during the execution of the same in a mountainous area fulfilling visual flight rules in conditions of low cloudiness, even producing an impact of the aircraft against the terrain.
Contributing Factors
- Possible spatial disorientation of the Pilot while performing the flight by having a wrong perception about the separation with the earth surface and the horizon due to the meteorological conditions.
- The lack of planning to perform the flight omitting certain considerations related to strategies to avoid a CFIT event in a mountainous area. These strategies are specifically related to familiarity with the flight path or excess confidence in it, use of navigation charts appropriately, study of information related to safe flight altitudes, techniques for crossing mountain areas and verification of weather conditions before or during the flight.
- Lack of training in procedures to avoid CFIT type accidents.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: Aerocivil
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

12-Dec-2012 22:03 chullian1819 Added
12-Dec-2012 22:05 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Narrative]
13-Dec-2012 00:18 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
12-Jul-2020 09:29 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
12-Jul-2020 09:46 harro Updated [Source, Accident report, ]

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