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Last updated: 27 November 2021
Date:Monday 8 November 1965
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Taxi Aéreo Opita - TAO
Registration: HK-1202
MSN: 4402
First flight: 1942
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 31
Total:Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 36
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Canón del Paraiso (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Neiva Airport (NVA/SKNV), Colombia
Destination airport:San Vicente del Caguán-Eduardo Falla Solano Airport (SVI/SKSV), Colombia
The DC-3 took off from Neiva at 12:07, with an estimated time of arrival at San Vicente del Caguán (SVI) of 12:45. The aircraft impacted against trees on a mountain near Cerro del Diablo and crashed into the Canón del Paraiso.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The primary cause of the accident was a pilot error in that the pilot-incommand of the aircraft continued to fly VFR in adverse weather conditions on a route which was not authorized for a VFR flight by the Colombian Airways Manual. A contributing cause was: an error by other personnel in that the dispatcher improperly prepared the passenger and cargo manifests and the load and trim sheet and overloaded the aircraft by approximately 1456.5 kg."

VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» ICAO Circular 88-AN/74 Volume III (83-87)


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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 Neiva Airport to San Vicente del Caguán-Eduardo Falla Solano Airport as the crow flies is 106 km (66 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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