A Douglas DC-3 operating for a cargo airline in Colombia has gone missing, sparking a search effort and fear that a crash killed all onboard.
DC-3 Missing, Crash Feared In Colombia
The aircraft, HK-2820, operated for Aliansa Aerolíneas Andinas. After taking off with three crew members onboard from La Vanguardia Airport (VVC) on a training flight, it never returned.
On Twitter, Colombian civil aviation authorities (Aeronáutica Civil) noted:
“At 07:05, local time, radar and communications contact were lost with the airplane Douglas DC-3, registration HK-2820, of the company Aliansa. The plane had departed at 7:00, local time, from Vanguardia de Villavicencio Airport.
“Immediately, search and rescue personnel from Aeronáutica Civil and other help organizations launched an operation to try to find the aircraft and the people onboard.
“Preliminary information indicates that there were three people onboard the aircraft, including the crew, all workers of Aliansa.”
— Aeronáutica Civil de Colombia (@AeroCivilCol) July 8, 2021
Meanwhile, El Tiempo reports the aircraft was found crashed near a river in Guatiquia, Colombia.
The DC-3 first flew in 1935. This particular aircraft first flew in 1944. While over 16,000 were produced, only about 300 remain operational.
Aerolíneas Andinas has used DC-3s for more than 25 years and this particular DC-3 since 2009. This same aircraft suffered a crash in 2019 at La Chorrera Airport (LCR). However, all 22 people onboard emerged unharmed, with no injury or death reported.
Aeródromo La Chorrera, Colombia.- Un DC3 de la aerolínea Aliansa se salió de pista tras aterrizar. Todos los 19 pasajeros y la tripulación salieron ilesos. pic.twitter.com/t78bF6Vllz
— ó ✈︎ (@Conradoaviacion) August 17, 2019
A 77-year-old DC-3 has presumably crashed in Colombia, though no details have emerged yet on whether there are survivors. This is the same aircraft that crashed in 2019 but was restored to airworthiness. Hopefully the crew managed to get out without harm.
image: Aliansa Aerolíneas Andinas