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Last updated: 20 October 2021
Date:Wednesday 11 July 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Operator:Air Colombia
Registration: HK-3293
MSN: 9186
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:29170
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:San Felipe Airport (   Colombia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Inírida-César Gaviria Trujillo Airport (PDA/SKPD), Colombia
Destination airport:San Felipe Airport (SKFP), Colombia
A Douglas DC-3C, registration HK-3293, sustained a runway excursion after landing at San Felipe Airport in Colombia.
The aircraft carried humanitarian aid and several aid workers to San Felipe because of recent floodings in the region.
After touchdown the aircraft moved to the left of the runway. The pilot tried to regain directional control but the aircraft veered off the left side of the runway. The aircraft swung and came to rest in a ditch besides the runway. A fire broke out in the left engine which was extinguished by the crew during the post-impact emergency procedures.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause(s):
The investigation determined that the accident was due to the following probable causes:
Lateral runway excursion, as a result of loss of ground control caused by loss of air pressure in the left undercarriage tyre, as a result of FOD penetration into the tyre during the landing run.
Deficient risk management by the San Felipe airfield operator (SKFP) for the execution of operations at the airfield.
Contributing Factors:
Absence of a ramp FOD control programme (SKFP) by the aerodrome operator.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: Aerocivil
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: COL-18-28-GIA
Download report: Final report

Tire failure
Runway excursion

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Follow-up / safety actions

Aerocivil issued 3 Safety Recommendations

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photo of Douglas-DC-3C-HK-3293
accident date: 11-07-2018
type: Douglas DC-3C
registration: HK-3293
photo of Douglas-DC-3C-HK-3293
accident date: 11-07-2018
type: Douglas DC-3C
registration: HK-3293

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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 Inírida-César Gaviria Trujillo Airport to San Felipe Airport as the crow flies is 233 km (146 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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