2016-12-20 Aerosucre Boeing 727-200F crashed near Puerto Carreno

2016-12-20 Aerosucre Boeing 727-200F crashed near Puerto Carreno

2016-12-20 Aerosucre Boeing 727-200F crashed near Puerto Carreno


After getting airborne past the end of the runway, the 727 failed to gain height until control was lost and the it crashed about minute later leaving 5 crewmembers dead.

UPDATE 2017-02-18

Aerosucre cargo flight was taking off from runway 25 at the airport of Puerto Carreno  (PCR, SKPC) in Colombia’s Vichada Department at 17:23L. Runway lengh was 1800 meters (5900 Feet). It was dusk at the time and local weather was good. The visibility was more than 10 miles and the winds were calm.

Due to circumstances unknown, the triple-engined aircraft failed to get off the ground within the lengh of the runway. Observers near the airport made-out the aircraft in a nose-high attitude when it crosses the end of paved ground.

The 727 barely lifted off the ground when it ran across a field until it impacted the airport perimeter fence. At this time, the right inner flap detached or ripped off the wing structure resulting in a steady right wing down attitude. The 727 stayed airborne apparently by ground effect literally unable to gain further height.

A few miles south of the airport, another group of people spotted the aircraft when it was entering a right hand turn. According to their video footage, the 727 in a right hand bank was trailing a vapourized fluid coming from the outer ends of its wings. The 727 appeared to perform at low-level 180-degree turn but lost height and impacted flat terrain approximately 8 km away from the airport.

The aircraft exploded on impact in a huge fireball and was blown into many pieces.

Only one of six crewmembers is known to have survived although he is in critical condition.

Offical announcement of Colombian Avation Authority: [LINK]

On 2017-02-18 colombian investigation authority Aerocivil released the Preliminary Accident Report.

(Excerpts) During take-off the aircraft hit the perimeter fence of Germán Olano Airport (SKPC), which has a height of 2.50 meters, knocking down 13 meters of fence structure. In the course of its path it collided with a fence (3 meters high by 2.50 meters) as well as treetops with an approximate height of 7 meters.
The previous impact caused the detachment of the right main gear, as well as the right inboard trailing flap. Further components of the aircraft were found within an area of approximately 410 meters.

After flying about 2 minutes, the aircraft finally hit the ground approximately 4 MN from the end of runway 07, at coordinates N06 ° 11 ‚27.9‘ ‚/ W067 ° 33 ‚59.9 „with a bearing of 170 °. The field inspection showed a pattern of linear remnants, showing a dispersion over a distance of 415 meters.

The accident had survival capacity for two (2) of its six (6) occupants, who suffered serious injuries; However one of them died while being transferred to the hospital of Puerto Carreño. Four (4) occupants died instantly when the cockpit where they were disintegrating.
The surviving crew member was initially treated at Port Hospital Carreño, but due to the severity of the injuries suffered was moved by air to the city of Bogota.

The investigation is ongoing.

The final moments of HK-4544

© Guillermo E Tovar R | Rescate  Right inboard flap missing on climb-out

© Caps taken from LaJornada | YouTube

Official AEROCIVILE Colombia Images:

Video Footage Collection:

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© ElFrikinoob | YouTube

© Layneker | YouTube
© GoogleEarth

The accident aircraft (HK-4544, Boeing 727) doing a „normal“ last second take-off from Puerto Carreno.
(Note: this not the accident itself).

© M. Cuellar | YouTube

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Aircraft Involved

© F Rojas C. | Jetphotos.net

Type: Boeing 727-200F
Registration: HK-4544
Age a/c: 41.3 years
Constr. No.: 21105
Previous Operators: Air Jamaica (1975), Kitty Hawk Cargo (1997), Aerosucre

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 6 0 0 6
Fatalities 5 0 0 5
Survivors 1 0 0 1


Date: 2016-12-20 Time: 17:22
Location: SKPC PCR Puerto Carreno area
Country: Colombia
Flight phase: ICL – Airborne – 1.000 ft AGL
Damage to a/c: hull loss

Flight no.:
From: SKPC/PCR: Puerto Carreno To: SKBO/BOG: Bogota-El Dorado Intl Airport
Type: Cargo
Operator: Aerosucre Colombia

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 13th safety occurence for the operator
    – 3rd Hull Loss accident (last 2006)
  • 63rd Hull Loss of type (B727)
  • 1st safety occurence at P. Carreno Airport
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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