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Date:Saturday 17 November 1956
Time:ca 16:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-49G-DO (DC-3)
Operator:Aerolineas del Pacifico - ARPA
Registration: HK-385
MSN: 1971
First flight: 1937
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 33
Total:Fatalities: 36 / Occupants: 36
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cerro El Rucio (   Colombia)
Crash site elevation: 1890 m (6201 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Buenaventura-Gerardo Tobar López Airport (BUN/SKBU), Colombia
Destination airport:Cali Airport (CLO/SKCL), Colombia
The DC-3 was operating on a Cali-Buenaventura and return trip. Before heading back to Cali the captain asked the co-pilot for his medical certificate. The co-pilot's certificate was still at the CAA for revalidation. Because of this, the captain decided that the co-pilot should not fly on the leg to Cali. The flight engineer acted as a co-pilot on this flight. Takeoff was at 16:30. Around 16:45 the aircraft crashed into a mountain at 6200 feet, the top of which being covered by stratocumulus clouds.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Flight on instruments at an excessively low altitude for the route."

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» ICAO Accident Digest No.8, Circular 54-AN/49 (156-159)


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Distance from Buenaventura-Gerardo Tobar López Airport to Cali Airport as the crow flies is 74 km (46 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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.
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