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Last updated: 3 December 2021
Datum:Freitag 15 Oktober 2004
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Kennzeichen: HK-1503
Werknummer: 34331/17064
Baujahr: 1945
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:13 km (8.1 Meilen) E of Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport (EOH) (   Kolumbien)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Flug von:Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport (VVC/SKVV), Kolumbien
Flug nach:Rionegro/Medellín-José María Córdova Airport (MDE/SKRG), Kolumbien
Douglas DC-3 HK-1503 departed Villavicencio at 06:30 in the morning for a cargo flight to Medellín-José María Córdova Airport. At 07:35 the air traffic controller radioed that weather conditions at the airport were poor due to fog. The captain then decided to divert to Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport.
While descending, the airplane struck electricity wires and crashed into a wooded area at an elevation of 8400 feet.

Probable Cause:

Error in the crew's decision to operate in the Medellin area under VFR flight rules when weather conditions required an IFR operation.
Lack of situational awareness of both crew members coupled with poor or absent CRM Cockpit Resource Management procedures in the flight deck.

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

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photo of Douglas-DC-3C-HK-1503
accident date: 15-10-2004
type: Douglas DC-3C
registration: HK-1503
photo of Douglas-DC-3C-HK-1503
accident date: 15-10-2004
type: Douglas DC-3C
registration: HK-1503

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 Rionegro/Medellín-José María Córdova Airport as the crow flies is 298 km (186 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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