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Date:Thursday 8 April 1999
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Operator:Aerotaca Colombia - Aerotransportes Casanare
Registration: HK-2760
MSN: 777
First flight: 1981
Total airframe hrs:34074
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:11 km (6.9 mls) SW of Málaga Airport (   Colombia)
Crash site elevation: 2469 m (8100 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bucaramanga-Palo Negro Airport (BGA/SKBG), Colombia
Destination airport:Málaga Airport (SKLA), Colombia
The Twin Otter was on a flight from Bucaramanga to Málaga, Colombia. At 11:33 the pilot reported ten minutes out of Malaga. This was the last radio contact with the flight. The aircraft was found to have crashed into the fog-shrouded Cerro La Carbonera at 8100 feet amsl .
Weather at Bucaramanga at 11:00 was temperature 20 deg C; 1017 mB, wind calm with drizzle and fog. The accident site is 8 km off the procedural descent pattern.

Probable Cause:

The crew's decision to remain in VMC flight conditions under IMC (Instrument meteorological conditions) in a mountainous area including the final approach where operation was required under strict visual flight rules and regulations.

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

VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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photo of DHC-6-Twin-Otter-300-HK-2760
accident date: 08-04-1999
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
registration: HK-2760

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 Bucaramanga-Palo Negro Airport to Málaga Airport as the crow flies is 68 km (43 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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