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Date:Thursday 18 December 2003
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC91 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15F
Operator:Líneas Aéreas Suramericanas
Registration: HK-4246X
MSN: 47062/223
First flight: 1968
Total airframe hrs:56703
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B (HK3)
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:135 km (84.4 mls) NE of Mitú (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:El Yopal Airport (EYP/SKYP), Colombia
Destination airport:Mitú Airport (MVP/SKMU), Colombia
The McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15F, operated on a non-scheduled cargo flight from Bogotá to Mitú, Colombia, with a refueling stop at El Yopal. After an uneventful flight the aircraft landed at El Yopal at 15:51 hours local time. Refueling took place and the aircraft departed for Mitú at 16:40 hours. The aircraft climbed to the en route altitude of FL290. Bogotá Control then cleared the flight to descend to FL180 and requested to the crew to contact Mitú Tower. At 17:08 hours the flight crew radioed Mitú Tower, stating they were descending through FL250 at 80 miles from Mitú. The tower controller then cleared the flight to the traffic pattern altitude of 7000 feet and to expect runway 01 for arrival.
Less than a minute later, at FL233, the flight crew heard a sudden loud noise, followed by another loud noise. The aircraft then entered an uncontrolled descent until it impacted terrain, killing all three occupants.
The wreckage was found on December 28.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE (translated from Spanish):
Breakage and detachment of a structural part of the aircraft for unspecified reasons, which caused the pilots to completely lose control of the aircraft, which fell from 23,300 feet to hit the ground.

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

Loss of control

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photo of DC-9-15F-N564PC
accident date: 18-12-2003
type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15F
registration: N564PC

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 El Yopal Airport to Mitú Airport as the crow flies is 509 km (318 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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