Accident Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando HK-390, Tuesday 19 April 1960
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Date:Tuesday 19 April 1960
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando
Owner/operator:Lloyd Aéreo Colombiano
Registration: HK-390
MSN: 32954
Year of manufacture:1944
Total airframe hrs:8289 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 51
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG) -   Colombia
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport (EOH/SKMD)
Destination airport:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO)
LACSA Flight 503 departed Miami at 13:45 GMT for a flight to Barranquilla, Medellin and Bogotá. The flight left Medellin at 22:58 for the last leg of the flight. Cruising altitude was FL135. After contacting Bogotá control tower at 00:03, the crew received the following information: "runway 12, wind calm, altimeter 30.33, restriction owing to aircraft accident in the safety zone near taxiway B". A long downwind leg was flown because another aircraft was taxiing along the main runway toward the apron. On finals the aircraft crashed.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot failed to take proper action to counteract the loss of speed and height in the final approach turn.
Contributing factors: 1) Lack of operational control by the airlines concerned. 2) The pilot in command lacked experience as a transport pilot. 3) It is probable that the report from the control tower at Eldorado that the runway was restricted because another aircraft had crashed in the safety zone had a psychological effect on the pilot."



  • 13th worst accident in 1960
  • 16th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 13th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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