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Colombia: Douglas DC-3 crashes with 14 people on board

Black week-end for air transport

A black week-end for air travel because in addition to the Boeing B-737 MAX 8 of Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly after take-off killing 157 people on board (see AVIONEWS), in Colombia a Douglas DC-3 crashed -registration HK-2494- used by the regional company LASER causing the death of 14 people. It is not clear what caused the accident in the center of the country of South America; the pilot had sent an SOS to the control tower of the small port of call of Villavicencio shortly before the DC-3 disappeared from the radar crashing to the ground. In the crash the plane was destroyed and ignited, leaving no escape for the 14 people on board. The DC-3 in question was first registered in 1945 for the US Navy, which used it until 1971, when it was first sold to the Tecas University and then to a Colombian company (in 1980).

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency