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Last updated: 19 October 2021
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Date:Saturday 15 February 1947
Time:12:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4
Operator:Avianca
Registration: C-114
MSN: 10439
First flight: 1944
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2000
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 49 / Occupants: 49
Total:Fatalities: 53 / Occupants: 53
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:30 km (18.8 mls) NW of Bogotá (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Barranquilla-Soledad Airport (BAQ/SKBQ), Colombia
Destination airport:Bogotá-Techo Airport, Colombia
Flightnumber:651
Narrative:
Crashed into 10500 feet high Mount Tablazo, 30 km NW of Bogota. The mountain was obscured by fog at the time of the accident.

Classification:

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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Distance from Barranquilla-Soledad Airport to Bogotá-Techo Airport as the crow flies is 696 km (435 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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