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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
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Date:Monday 14 August 1978
Time:ca 15:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Operator:Aeropesca Colombia
Registration: HK-1350
C/n / msn: 22557
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Tota Boyaca (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO), Colombia
Destination airport:Tame Airport (TME/SKTM), Colombia
Narrative:
The aircraft, on a VFR flight, collided with a mountain (Mount Paramo de Laura) at 3543 m in worsening weather conditions.
The wind had blown the aircraft off course, which went unnoticed because of deficiencies in the navigation equipment (a.o. two VOR receivers were missing and an unserviceable ADF).
The cargo aircraft was just allowed to carry 6 passengers, not 15.

Sources:
» El Tiempo - 15 Aug 1978


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Distance from Bogotá-Eldorado Airport to Tame Airport as the crow flies is 326 km (204 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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Curtiss C-46

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