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Last updated: 2 December 2021
Date:Wednesday 9 October 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic D28D model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dornier Do 28D-2 Skyservant
Operator:Transoriente Colombia
Registration: HK-3982
MSN: 4169
First flight: 1973
Total airframe hrs:3217
Engines: 2 Lycoming IGSO-540-A1E
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Taraira Airfield (   Colombia)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Mitú Airport (MVP/SKMU), Colombia
Destination airport:La Pedrera Airport (LPD/SKLP), Colombia
A Dornier Do 28D-2 Skyservant, HK-3982, departed Villavicencio, Colombia at 10:50, bound for Mitú. At 12:22 the airplane departed Mitú for La Pedrera. En route the flight encountered poor weather. The crew contacted Mitú to request the weather at La Pedrera, but the controller at Mitú was unable to obtain the weather information. The crew decided to divert to a jungle airstrip at Taraira. The soft surface runway is 515 metres long. The airfield was not authorized for operation at the time of the accident.
When the crew attempted to takeoff from the airstrip, acceleration was not as expected and the takeoff was abandoned. The airplane ran off the airstrip and suffered structural damage.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: (translated from original Spanish report)
Decision by the crew to abort takeoff from an inappropriate field due to the wet conditions and soft surface which produced higher coefficients of friction and a lower acceleration factor that prevented reaching takeoff speed after which the crew determined to discontinue the takeoff without sufficient stopping distance, which led to the accident.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: Aerocivil
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: Final report
Download report: Final report

Rejected takeoff
Runway excursion


photo of Dornier-Do-28D-2-Skyservant-HK-3982
accident date: 09-10-1996
type: Dornier Do 28D-2 Skyservant
registration: HK-3982

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 Mitú Airport to La Pedrera Airport as the crow flies is 295 km (184 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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