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Accident description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
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Date:Monday 5 February 1990
Time:08:37
Type:Silhouette image of generic G159 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman G-159 Gulfstream I
Operator:Helicol Colombia
Registration: HK-3315
C/n / msn: 24
First flight: 1959
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:ca 6 km WNW of Ibague-Perales Airport (IBE) (   Colombia)
Crash site elevation: 1524 m (5000 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Neiva Airport (NVA/SKNV), Colombia
Destination airport:Ibague-Perales Airport (IBE/SKIB), Colombia
Narrative:
A Grumman G-159 Gulfstream I passenger plane, operated by Helicol Colombia, was destroyed when it impacted a mountain near Ibague-Perales Airport (IBE), Colombia.
The crew had attempted to fly an NDB approach to runway 31. Low clouds prevented them from obtaining visual contact with the ground. A go around was initiated.
Instead of turning right, the crew maintained runway heading until the airplane impacted a mountainside at 5000 feet.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Eugene Register-Guard - Feb 6, 1990
» World Aircraft Accident Summary - CAA CAP479


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Distance from Neiva Airport to Ibague-Perales Airport as the crow flies is 164 km (102 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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G-159 Gulfstream

  • 201 built
  • 14th loss
  • 4th fatal accident
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