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Accident description
Last updated: 19 March 2018
Date:Sunday 18 November 1990
Time:ca 13:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic C212 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
CASA C-212 Aviocar 200
Registration: FAC-1150
C/n / msn: 303
First flight: 1983-07-06 (7 years 5 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cerro San Nicolás, 112 km SW of Medellin (   Colombia)
Crash site elevation: 3500 m (11483 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Quibdó-El Caraño Airport (UIB/SKUI), Colombia
Destination airport:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO), Colombia
A CASA C-212 Aviocar transport plane, operated by the Colombian military airline SATENA, was destroyed when it flew into the side of a mountain. The airplane operated on a domestic passenger flight from Quibdó-El Caraño Airport (UIB) to Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG). All fifteen on board were killed in the accident.
The flight departed Quibdó at 12:43. The pilot made his last position report when overflying Carmen de Atrato. The estimated time of arrival at Bogotá was 14:00. A few minutes later the airplane flew into the side of Cerro San Nicolás at an elevation of 11.500 feet (3500 m).

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Scramble Vol.12, nr.07
» El Avión De Satena Se Estrelló El Domingo En La Ruta Quibdó-Bogotá (El Tiempo, 20-11-1990)
» El Avión Fue Hallado En San Nicolás Bolívar Rescatan Las Víctimas Del Accidente Aéreo De Satena (El Tiempo, 21-11-1990)


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Distance from Quibdó-El Caraño Airport to Bogotá-Eldorado Airport as the crow flies is 296 km (185 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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