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Date:Friday 23 July 1999
Time:03:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-7-102 (O-5A)
Operator:United States Army
Registration: N5382W
MSN: 95
First flight: 1982
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-50
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Orito (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Apiay Airport (API/SKAP), Colombia
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Crashed into the 7000 feet Patascoy mountain in the Putumayo province. The aircraft was on an anti-drugs reconnaissance flight over a major drug-producing area near the southern border with Ecuador. The wreckage was found on July 28.

The accident is said to have been caused by the crew's complacency and inexperience. They failed to detect that incorrect navigational information had been input to the aircraft's FMS resulting in the flight deviating from its planned course and entering a mountainous area. A factor would have been the crew's insufficient rest.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Associated Press
» Scramble 243


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