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Date:Friday 15 October 2004
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Registration: HK-1503
MSN: 34331/17064
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hrs:27592
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
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:13 km (8.1 mls) E of Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport (EOH) (   Colombia)
Crash site elevation: 2560 m (8399 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport (VVC/SKVV), Colombia
Destination airport:Rionegro/Medellín-José María Córdova Airport (MDE/SKRG), Colombia
Douglas DC-3 HK-1503 departed Villavicencio at 06:30 in the morning for a cargo flight to Medellín-José María Córdova Airport. At 07:35 the air traffic controller radioed that weather conditions at the airport were poor due to fog. The captain then decided to divert to Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport.
While descending, the airplane struck electricity wires and crashed into a wooded area at an elevation of 8400 feet.

Probable Cause:

Error in the crew's decision to operate in the Medellin area under VFR flight rules when weather conditions required an IFR operation.
Lack of situational awareness of both crew members coupled with poor or absent CRM Cockpit Resource Management procedures in the flight deck.

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

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

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photo of Douglas-DC-3C-HK-1503
accident date: 15-10-2004
type: Douglas DC-3C
registration: HK-1503
photo of Douglas-DC-3C-HK-1503
accident date: 15-10-2004
type: Douglas DC-3C
registration: HK-1503

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 Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport to Rionegro/Medellín-José María Córdova Airport as the crow flies is 298 km (186 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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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 4582nd loss
  • 1817th fatal accident
  • 1288th worst accident (at the time)
  • 1291st worst accident (currently)
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