Date: 31.01.2001, Time: ca 16.10
Type: Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle 10R
Operator: Líneas Aéreas Suramericanas
C/n: 201 Year built: 1966
3 fatalities / 6 on board
Location: Yopal; nr (Colombia)
Phase: Final Approach
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 www.aviation-safety.net 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 Airliners.net, and then you know who invented the concept of anything from the DC-9 and 727 to the Embrear RJ and the CRJ.