2016-01-05 Douglas AC-47 Turbo off runway at Tres Esquinas, Colombia

2016-01-05 Douglas AC-47 Turbo off runway at Tres Esquinas, Colombia

2016-01-05 Douglas AC-47 Turbo off runway at Tres Esquinas, Colombia


On landing the C-47 turboprop aircraft exited the runway at Tres Esquinas Airport, Colombia receiving major damage. Both pilots were not injured.

The AC-47 (converted Turbo DC-3/C-47) nicknamed „Fantasma“ belonging to AirCommand #6  exited the side of the runway on landing at Tres Esquinas Air Base,

It is understood that the aircraft experienced some sort of brake failure. With shrinking runway remaining, the pilots made make an emergency braking maneuvre, steering the AC-47 off the runway where it came to rest on a ditch.

Both pilots remained unhurt. Base operations were not hampered by the accident.

A military spokesman is quoted saying, the aircraft intended to land but „got a side momentum“ and then „stopped in the safety area“.

Wether the 70 year old airframe is going to get repaired has to be determined.

Date: 2016-01-05 Time: 15:00
Location: SKTQ TQS Tres Escuintas Air Base
Country: Colombia
Flight phase: LDG – Flare, Landing Roll, Aborted Landing after Touchdown
Damage to a/c: substantial

Flight no.:
From: 0000/: NONE To: SKTQ/TQS: Tres Escuintas Air Base
Type: Military
Operator: Colombian Air Force

Type: Douglas (Basler) Turbo DC-3
Registration: FAC-1658
Age a/c: 70,6 years
Constr. No.: 15793

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Aircraft Involved

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 2 0 0 2
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries 0 0 0 0

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • Xth safety occurence for the operator
  • 17th safety occurence of type (Basler Turbo DC3)
  • 1st safety occurence a Tres Esquinas AB
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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