ASN Aircraft accident Antonov An-32B HK-4008X Rionegro/Medellín-José María Córdova Airport (MDE)
ASN logo

Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 21 December 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-32B
Operator:SELVA Colombia
Registration: HK-4008X
MSN: 3402
First flight: 1993
Total airframe hrs:403
Engines: 2 Ivchenko AI-20D
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:8 km (5 mls) S of Rionegro/Medellín-José María Córdova Airport (MDE) (   Colombia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO), Colombia
Destination airport:Rionegro/Medellín-José María Córdova Airport (MDE/SKRG), Colombia
The An-32B cargo aircraft had taken off from Bogotá with a cargo of 18.300 newspapers (4970 kg in total), bound for Rionegro, Colombia.
The aircraft was cleared for an ILS approach to runway 36. The flight crew reported problems capturing the ILS. Last radio contact was at 22:32 when the flight crew reported receiving the VOR signal.
A steep right turn was initiated, followed by a steep left turn after crossing the approach path. The aircraft lost height and crashed about 8 km short of the runway.

Probable Cause:

The probable cause of this accident is the fracture in flight of a part of the right wing that induced the rupture of the left stabilizer exceeding the ultimate resistance of the structure for unknown reasons.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: Aerocivil
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: final report
Download report: Final report

Wing failure
Loss of control

» Diario EL PAIS. Diciembre 23, 1996
» El Colombiano
» Noticia 1 de La Nación - EL TIEMPO


photo of Antonov-An-32B-HK-4008X
accident date: 21-12-1996
type: Antonov An-32B
registration: HK-4008X

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 Rionegro/Medellín-José María Córdova Airport as the crow flies is 214 km (134 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.
languages: languages


The Aviation Safety Network is an exclusive service provided by:
Quick Links:

CONNECT WITH US: FSF on social media FSF Facebook FSF Twitter FSF Youtube FSF LinkedIn FSF Instagram

©2023 Flight Safety Foundation

1920 Ballenger Av, 4th Fl.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314