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Accident description
Last updated: 20 March 2018
Date:Thursday 20 June 1991
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6BF
Operator:Aerosucre Colombia
Registration: HK-3511X
C/n / msn: 45132/801
First flight: 1957
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 20
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) SW of Barranquilla-Ernesto Cortissoz Airport (BAQ) (   Colombia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO), Colombia
Destination airport:Barranquilla-Ernesto Cortissoz Airport (BAQ/SKBQ), Colombia
The Douglas DC-6BF cargo plane impacted terrain short of the runway while attempting to land at Barranquilla's Ernesto Cortissoz Airport in Colombia.
The airplane took off from Bogotá at 01:40 hours local time with a cargo of newspapers. Additionally, the airline allowed 17 passengers to board the flight. The aviation authorities only allowed to carry five passengers, plus crew.
According to the flight engineer the flight was uneventful until reaching Barranquilla. Thick fog prevented the crew from seeing the runway, forcing an aborted approach. During the second attempt to land, the aircraft impacted trees and terrain some 1,5 km short of the runway.

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N37580 was sold to Aerosucre in 1989
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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 Bogotá-Eldorado Airport to Barranquilla-Ernesto Cortissoz Airport as the crow flies is 688 km (430 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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