Accident Douglas C-54B-1-DO (DC-4) HK-730, Friday 14 January 1966
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Date:Friday 14 January 1966
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-54B-1-DO (DC-4)
Registration: HK-730
MSN: 18325
Year of manufacture:1944
Fatalities:Fatalities: 56 / Occupants: 64
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:1,3 km off Cartagena-Crespo Airport (CTG) -   Colombia
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Cartagena-Crespo Airport (CTG/SKCG)
Destination airport:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO)
The aircraft arrived at Crespo Airport (CTG) at 19:57 after a flight from Bogotá (BOG). At 20:50 the aircraft was cleared for a runway 36 takeoff for the return flight to Bogotá. The DC-4 climbed to 70 feet over the end of the runway and started to descend again until it struck the sea 1310 m from the runway end, and 152 m left of the extended centerline. The water at the accident site was 4 m deep.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was attributed to a maintenance error resulting from inadequate inspection periodic, daily, nightly and transit servicing and consisting in failure to notice the absence of a pin looseness and/or absence of a nut which joins the torsion links of the left landing gear. A possible contributing factor in the accident was pilot error, consisting in involuntary negligence in observing or wrongly interpreting the aircraft instruments during takeoff, at the time of changing over from VFR to IFR flight and/or loss of control of the aircraft by the pilot-in-command when checking the cause of a failure in the landing gear well and no.2 engine.".


El Tiempo - 15 Jan. 1966


  • 9th worst accident in 1966
  • 14th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 8th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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