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Last updated: 27 November 2021
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Sunday 7 July 1985
Time:12:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A
Operator:LACOL Colombia
Registration: HK-1340
MSN: 11704
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport (VVC) (   Colombia)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport (VVC/SKVV), Colombia
Destination airport:Carurú Airport (CUO/SKCR), Colombia
Narrative:
The no. 2 engine failed on initial climb. The DC-3 collided with trees, hit the ground and caught fire.
The Colombian authorities reported the accident to ICAO with a date of 6 June 1985. Yet, the accident was only mentioned in a newspaper dated 8 July.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Aircraft overloaded.

Sources:
» ICAO Adrep Summary 2/88 (#38)
» El Siglo de Torreon 8 July 1985, p 12B


Photos

photo of Douglas-C-53-HK-1340
accident date: 07-07-1985
type: Douglas C-53 (DC-3)
registration: HK-1340
 

Map
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 Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport to Carurú Airport as the crow flies is 433 km (271 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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