Date & Time: May 8, 2014 at 1202 LT
Type of aircraft:
Aliansa Colombia - Aerolineas Andinas
Villavicencio – Florencia
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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.
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.