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Last updated: 5 December 2021
Datum:Dienstag 18 Dezember 1979
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54D-10-DC (DC-4)
Kennzeichen: FAC-1106
Werknummer: 10853
Baujahr: 1945
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 5 / Insassen: 5
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 16 / Insassen: 16
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 21 / Insassen: 21
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Cerro Toledo (   Kolumbien)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Arauca-Santiago Pérez Airport (AUC/SKUC), Kolumbien
Flug nach:Cúcuta-Camilo Daza Airport (CUC/SKCC), Kolumbien
A Douglas C-54 of military airline SATENA was destroyed when it impacted a mountainside at an altitude of 3400 m. All twenty-one on board (five crew, 15 passengers and a newborn baby) were killed.
The airplane operated on a flight from Arauca to Cúcuta, Colombia and crashed between Pamplona and Cúcuta.

» El Tiempo 21 December 1979, p5A
» El Tiempo 22 December 1979, p1+12A
» El Tiempo 4 January 1979, p6B


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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 Arauca-Santiago Pérez Airport to Cúcuta-Camilo Daza Airport as the crow flies is 217 km (135 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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