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Caravelle Crash In Colombia

Sat Feb 03, 2001 4:03 am

Date: 31.01.2001, Time: ca 16.10
Type: Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle 10R
Operator: Líneas Aéreas Suramericanas
Registration: HK-3932X
C/n: 201 Year built: 1966
3 fatalities / 6 on board
Location: Yopal; nr (Colombia)
Phase: Final Approach
Nature: Freight
Flight: Yopal - Mitu (Flightnumber )
The Caravelle was operating on a cargo flight from Bogotá to Mitú via Yopal. The aircraft departed Yopal at 13.45h. Arriving near Mitu, the crew had problems lowering the landing gear and they decided to return to Yopal. The Caravelle circled Yopal for about 20 minutes before the crew started their approach. Some 3 miles short of the runway, the aircraft crashlanded in a meadow and caught fire. The cargo consisted of a.o. 14 barrels with 55 gallons of gasoline each.
(copied from the authoritative website of Harro Ranter)

A backwater accident with little publicity... But still, I wanted to let you know, because this was a -maybe overlooked- sad day for aviation: The Caravelle is one of the rarest aircraft around now, of the 282 built only about 5 are still in airline service. This is the first fatal accident with it in 12 years; I had hoped the remaining Caravelles would met a more peaceful end. My thought are with the friends of the perished.
This French built jet is -I think- also one of the most classy and beautiful airliners ever made. I am planning to maybe go to Gabon later this year to fly the final passenger machine (3D-SEP).
If you have never seen a Caravelle, look at the best pictures on, and then you know who invented the concept of anything from the DC-9 and 727 to the Embrear RJ and the CRJ.

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RE: Caravelle Crash In Colombia

Sat Feb 03, 2001 4:18 am

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RE: Caravelle Crash In Colombia

Sat Feb 03, 2001 4:34 am


Indeed it's a sad day to see this good old plane crashing. Also sad for the fatalities. I just liked to add that as you can see this is an ex: Transwede machine, note the basic livery in the fuselage, the tail was nicely revised. I wonder how many Caravelles still fly now? I now that one is flying in gabon and another in Colombia, anyone knows others that fly?
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RE: Caravelle Crash In Colombia

Sat Feb 03, 2001 11:54 am

I to am sad for the fatalities in the Caravelle crash. I was a frequent flyer 1960 to 1972 in the continental US. My memory has dimmed somewhat but I think I was once on a Caravelle on a US flight. Did any domestic carriers fly Caravelle's? Help me out on this. United, maybe? Walter Boatner
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RE: Boat

Sat Feb 03, 2001 4:31 pm

United used to fly Caravelles--I believe in an all one-class configuration. United retired them in 1969.
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RE: Caravelle Crash In Colombia

Sat Feb 03, 2001 5:04 pm

A sad occurrence indeed. It seems as if these days classic planes are being hard hit by crashes - DC-3s in both Venezuela and the USA and now the Caravelle. LAS Colombia is the largest operator of Caravelles with 3 flown as freighters until the crash.

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RE: Caravelle Crash In Colombia

Sat Feb 03, 2001 6:02 pm


United was the only airline in USA to use the Caravelle VI-R ( with new cockpit, wider cockpit windows and RR Avon with reverse ) in passenger use. But Midwest Express used some in cargo flights and finnally Litton had one ex: United Caravelle that used to fly around the world, I saw it in Lisbon once.
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