ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-8-202 HK-3997 Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Monday 28 January 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH8B model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-8-202
Operator:AIRES Colombia
Registration: HK-3997
MSN: 391
First flight: 1994
Total airframe hrs:19565
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW123D
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 37
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 41
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG) (   Colombia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Maracaibo-La Chinita International Airport (MAR/SVMC), Venezuela
Destination airport:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO), Colombia
Flightnumber: 053
Overran runway 13L at Bogotá (BOG). The left hand main gear collapsed.

Probable Cause:

translation from Spanish:
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Carrying out a landing with an unresolved fault in the left engine, which prevented the aircraft be able to stop within the length of runway available, causing a runway excursion."
CONTRIBUTING FACTOR: "Failure to correct the maintenance reports in a satisfactory manner and failure to properly follow-up on repetitive entries."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: Aerocivil
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: COL-08-03-GIA
Download report: Final report

Runway excursion (overrun)


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Distance from Maracaibo-La Chinita International Airport to Bogotá-Eldorado Airport as the crow flies is 700 km (437 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from 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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