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Accident description
Last updated: 23 February 2018
Date:Friday 6 April 1962
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47 (DC-3)
Operator:Fuerza Aérea Colombiana
Registration: FAC-673
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 26
Total:Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 31
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Apiay Air Base (API) (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Araracuara Airport (ACR/SKAC), Colombia
Destination airport:Apiay-Captain Luis F. Gómez Niño Air Base (API/SKAP), Colombia
Flew into the mountain while descending off course for Apiay.
The airplane operated on a flight from Bogotá to Araracuara, Apiay and back to Bogotá.

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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 Araracuara Airport to Apiay-Captain Luis F. Gómez Niño Air Base as the crow flies is 531 km (332 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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