ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-80-DL (DC-3) HK-502 Municipio de Marulanda
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Sunday 25 February 1962
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-80-DL (DC-3)
Registration: HK-502
MSN: 19653
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Municipio de Marulanda (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Manizales-La Nubia Airport (MZL/SKMZ), Colombia
Destination airport:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO), Colombia
The C-47 took off from Manizales (elevation 3380 feet) at 14:04 for a cargo flight to Bogotá (elevation 8355 feet). At 14:20 the crew reported at 12500 feet over San Felix. An emergency was declared at 14:35; the plane crashed immediately after this transmission.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was due to the faulty procedure on the part of the pilot who made the en route climb from Manizales to San Felix at a low altitude, so that the aircraft became trapped in a canyon and crashed in the San Felix pass at La Aguadita after stalling during a turn at 9000ft."

» ICAO Accident Digest No.14 Volume I, Circular 71-AN/63 (15-17)


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Distance from Manizales-La Nubia Airport to Bogotá-Eldorado Airport as the crow flies is 150 km (94 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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