On October 15, 2004, about 0746 Atlantic standard time, a Douglas DC-3C, HK-1503, of Colombian registration and operated by Aerovanguardia, as an air cargo flight, crashed during approach to Medellin-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport, Medellin, Colombia. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed in the area at the time and an IFR flight plan was filed. The three man flightcrew were fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed. The flight originated from La Vanguardia Airport, Villavicencio, Colombia, earlier that day, about 0630.

According to information obtained from the Colombian media, at 0730 the air traffic controller radioed that the weather conditions at the intended airport, (Jose Maria Cordova, Rionegro, Colombia,) were poor due to fog. The captain then decided to divert to Olaya Herrera Airport, Medellin. While descending to the airport the airplane struck electricity wires and crashed into a wooded area.

This investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Colombia. Any further information can be obtained from:

Unidad Administrativa Especial de Aeronautica Civil
Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado
Bogota, Colombia

Telephone: 571.425.1000

This report is for informational purposes only, and contains information released for or obtained by the Government of Colombia.

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