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Last updated: 2 December 2021
Date:Sunday 17 October 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-75-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Aerolíneas TAO
Registration: HK-595
MSN: 19238
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 21
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:San Vicente del Caguán (   Colombia)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:San Vicente del Caguán-Eduardo Falla Solano Airport (SVI/SKSV), Colombia
Destination airport:Neiva Airport (NVA/SKNV), Colombia
The aircraft lifted off the runway, turned left at a steep bank angle, stalled and crashed into trees. The DC-3 came to rest 1100 m to the left of runway 14.
The Certificate of Airworthiness only permitted cargo and 3 crew to be carried by this aircraft. The MTOW was exceeded by 311 kg.

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Distance from San Vicente del Caguán-Eduardo Falla Solano Airport to Neiva Airport as the crow flies is 106 km (66 miles).

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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