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Last updated: 1 December 2021
Date:Thursday 21 January 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47 (DC-3)
Operator:Fuerza Aérea Colombiana
Registration: FAC-653
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:8 km (5 mls) ENE of Floridablanca (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Santa Marta Airport (SMR/SKSM), Colombia
Destination airport:Bucaramanga-Gomez Niño Airport, Colombia
A Douglas C-47 operated by the Colombian Air Force was destroyed when it impacted the side of Cerro la Judia, a mountain near Floridablanca. All four crew members and three passengers were killed.

» El Tiempo 22 January 1971
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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 Santa Marta Airport to Bucaramanga-Gomez Niño Airport as the crow flies is 461 km (288 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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