Aliansa DC3 at Villavicencio on Jul 8th 2021, contact lost, missing aircraft collided with terrain
Last Update: October 11, 2021 / 20:50:08 GMT/Zulu time
Colombia's Aerocivil reported the DC-3 HK-2820 is missing since 07:05L (12:05Z), when radar and radio contact was lost, after departure from Villavicencio at 07:00L (12:00Z).
Local media report the crew declared emergency shortly after departure, the search is currently focussing on the Guatiquia river canyon east of the aerodrome.
Colombia's Civil Defense reported the aircraft was on a training mission, it has not yet been found.
Colombian Authorities reported the aircraft had been repaired and performed a test flight. The aircraft is suspected in the Guatiquia river canyon northwest of the aerodrome between the villages of Restrepo and El Calvario at an altitude of about 1600-1700 meters.
In the evening of Jul 8th 2021 (local time) Aerocivil stated, that the search and rescue operations trying to locate the aircraft west of Restrepo are going to continue when sufficient daylight is available again.
Late Jul 9th 2021 the wreckage was located in dense undergrowth surrounded by trees, the crew had perished.
No Metars are available for SKVV, the local weather station reported at 08:00L light drizzle, temperature at 22 degrees C, dew point 21 degrees C, humidity 94%, winds from westnorthwest at 7kph (4 knots), Pressure 966 hPa. At 11:00L there were thunderstorms reported.
Colombia's Aerocivil released their preliminary report in Spanish reporting at 06:59L the aircraft had departed Villavicencia's runway 05, which operated according to visual flight rules however was in light rain, cleared for the VVC2A instrument departure. At 07:08L ATC noticed that the aircraft was turning left leaving the protection of the 15DME ARC around the VVC VOR. ATC inquired with the aircraft however did not receive a reply. At 07:09L radar contact was lost. At 07:19L ELT signals were received indicating three different locations of the aircraft, far apart from each other. Local residents discovered the aircraft on Jul 10th 2021 at position N4.2978 W73.6171 at an elevation of about 6000 feet MSL in rocky mountains covered with 10-15 meters(35-50 feet) high trees on a slope of about 60 degrees. The accident investigation commission arrived on scene on Jul 11th 2021.
The flight was to be a training flight, the aircraft was under the command of an instructor pilot (59, 16,973 hours total) and was flown by a student instructor pilot (53, 9,387 hours total). A maintenance technician (33) was also on board. The aircraft carried fuel for 3 hours.
First investigations determined the aircraft impacted terrain at a heading of 073 degrees at a low rate of descent and high forward speed. A post impact fire occurred.
The investigation reported the METAR around the time of the crash as:
SKVV 081200Z 04004KT 9999 VCSH BKN020 SCT090 22/21 Q1015 RMK VCSH/NE A2998=
SKVV 081300Z 30004KT 8000 -DZ BKN015 SCT090 22/21 Q1016 RMK A3002=
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