ASN Aircraft accident Fokker 50 PH-MXT Simiti
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Date:Monday 12 April 1999
Type:Silhouette image of generic F50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker 50
Registration: PH-MXT
MSN: 20300
First flight: 1994
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 41
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 46
Aircraft damage: Minor
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Simiti (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bucaramanga-Palo Negro Airport (BGA/SKBG), Colombia
Destination airport:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO), Colombia
At least five armed members of the National Liberation Army (ELN) hijacked the Fokker 50 during a domestic flight in Colombia. One hijacker entered the cockpit and issued specific flight instructions to the pilots. The plane was taken to a clandestine dirt airstrip near Simiti. An estimated 50 to 100 armed guerrillas herded the passengers into nearby boats on the Magdalena River. The guerrillas then took their hostages into the remote jungle area. Ransom payments were demanded for the hostages. As of December 31, 1999, fifteen people, including all of the flight crew, remained in captivity.


» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1999 / FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Bucaramanga-Palo Negro Airport to Bogotá-Eldorado Airport as the crow flies is 288 km (180 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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