ASN Aircraft accident Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando HK-1383 Cartagena, Colombia [Caribbean Sea]
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Date:Friday 26 October 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Operator:Aerocosta Colombia
Registration: HK-1383
MSN: 22522
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:34 km (21.3 mls) off Cartagena, Colombia [Caribbean Sea] (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Barranquilla-Soledad Airport (BAQ/SKBQ), Colombia
Destination airport:San Andres Island-Sesquicentenario Airport (ADZ/SKSP), Colombia
Cruising at FL100, the no. 1 engine caught fire. The fire extinguishing systems was activated and the prop was feathered. Somehow the prop didn't feather and began overspeeding. To prevent the Curtiss airplane from stalling, the pilot put the aircraft in a dive. After jettisoning some cargo, the plane was ditched and sank within 4 minutes.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Power plant fire and failure of the feathering system which led to critical flight conditions when the prop began windmilling. Factors were overloading of the aircraft by 1167kg. and the pilot's failure not being aware of the load to be carried on the flight.



» La Nación 28 October 1973, p28A


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Distance from Barranquilla-Soledad Airport to San Andres Island-Sesquicentenario Airport as the crow flies is 773 km (483 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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