2016-04-07 Arall DC-3 destroyed in forced landing near Puerto Gaitan

2016-04-07 Arall DC-3 destroyed in forced landing near Puerto Gaitan

2016-04-07 Arall DC-3 destroyed in forced landing near Puerto Gaitan


The vintage DC-3 aircraft was destroyed in a forced landing after take-off from Puerto Gaitan, Colombia. All three crew on board survived.

The piston engined aircraft has just taken-off at Puerto Gaitan when the aircraft suffered engine failure.

The pilots were unable to maintain a safe altitude and were forced to make a landing outside the airport.

The DC-3 came down in a flat, grassy patch of land and caught fire after coming to a standstill.

All on board (3 crewmembers) were able to run free from the burning wreckage though some suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospitals.

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© Aerocovil Colombia

The accident location was close to a road but the aircraft already burned to total destruction when fire fighters arrived.

NOTE: the same aircraft suffered substantial damage in a landing mishap  – also at Purto Gaitan – after engine troubles. Download Aerocivil Accident Report (pdf)


METAR Puerto Gaitan (SKPG):

07/04/2016 14:00->

Date: 2016-04-07 Time: 06:25
Location: SKPG PGT Puerto Gaitán Morelia Airport area
Country: Colombia
Flight phase: ICL – Airborne – 1.000 ft AGL
Damage to a/c: hull loss

Flight no.:
From: SKPG/PGT: Puerto Gaitán Morelia Airport To: SKVV/VVC: Villavicencio
Type: Non Revenue
Operator: Arall Aerolineas Llaneras

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Aircraft Involved

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© J.J.S. Pardo| Airliners.net

Type: Douglas DC-3 / C-47
Registration: HK-2663
Age a/c: 70.8 years
Constr. No.: 10210

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 3 0 0 3
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries 3 0 0 3

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 3rd safety occurence for the operator
  • 131st safety occurence of type (DC-3/C-47)
  • 2nd safety occurence at Puerto Gaitan, Colombia
  • 2nd safety occurence for aircraft in question
    – 2004-12-17 HK-2663 suffered landing accident
    after engine trouble at Puerto Gaitan

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