[ACCIDENT] Aerosucre Colombia Boeing 727 Overran Runway on Takeoff at Puerto Carreno

A 41 year old Aerosucre Colombia Boeing 727-2J0F (Adv) HK-4544 (MSN c/n 21105) was destroyed when it crashed shortly after takeoff from Puerto Carreño Airport in Colombia. One of the six crew members survived the accident.

The aircraft, powered by 3x Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15 (HK3) Engines, took off from Runway 24, a 1780m long runway about 17:20 local time (23:20Z). Videos are circulating online, showing the accident aircraft on takeoff.

The fiery remains of HK-4544:

Impressions from the crash site (Photo: Aviación Comercial en Colombia)
©Aviación Comercial en Colombia

The airplane failed to lift off the runway and crossed the airport perimeter fence (96m from the runway) and road in a nose up attitude. At this point, afterburner flames can be seen leaving the exhaust for Engine No.2, indicating a compressor stall in the engine.

The right wing of the 727 then impacted trees (visible in the video above) before becoming airborne 3 minutes later, the aircraft began to lose height and impacted ground about 5nm from the airport bursting into flames.

Speculation is that the impact may have caused damage to critical systems in the right wing, leading to possible oil and fuel leaks and loss of control, which led to the crash that can be seen in the video below.

Wreckage at the crash site:

Impressions from the crash site (Photo: Aviación Comercial en Colombia)
©Aviación Comercial en Colombia
Impressions from the crash site (Photo: Aviación Comercial en Colombia)
©Aviación Comercial en Colombia

Metars at the time of the crash:
SKPC 202300Z 01008KT 9999 FEW020 SCT200 30722 A////
SKPC 202200Z 01008KT 9999 FEW020 SCT200 31/22 A////
SKPC 202100Z 01012KT 9999 FEW023 32/21 A////
SKPC 202000Z 07008KT 9999 FEW023 32/22 A2963

We will continue to update you on this topic.

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