Date & Time: May 8, 2014 at 1202 LT
Type of aircraft:
Douglas DC-3
Registration:
HK-4700
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Cargo
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Villavicencio – Florencia
MSN:
9700
YOM:
1943
Country:
Colombia
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
2
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
3
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
5
Captain / Total flying hours:
10233
Captain / Total hours on type:
9950
Copilot / Total flying hours:
4417
Copilot / Total hours on type:
3812
Aircraft flight hours:
27771
Circumstances:
En route from Villavicencio to Florencia while on a cargo flight, crew encountered poor weather conditions. While cruising in low visibility at an altitude of 6,500 feet, the aircraft hit tree tops and crashed in a wooded and mountainous area located some 45 km north of San Vincente del Caguán. First rescuers spotted the site four hours later and no survivors were found in the wreckage.
Causes:
It was determined that the accident was the result of a controlled flight into terrain. The crew failed to evaluate properly the risks and the danger of poor weather conditions and decided to perform the flight in VFR mode. While cruising in IMC and failing to check the minimum prescribed altitude, the crew suffered a loss of situational awareness, causing the aircraft to hit he mountainous terrain.
Final Report: