[INCIDENT] Aer Caribe Boeing 737 overruns Runway on Landing at Alfredo Vásquez Cobo Airport

Around 18:30 local time (23:30 UTC) on 28/01/17, a Boeing 737 Freighter, operated by Aer Caribe, was damaged during a runway excursion after landing on runway 21 at Leticia-Alfredo Vásquez Cobo Airport, Colombia. The four occupants were not injured.

HK-5197 after skidding off Runway 21 ©Aerocivil Colombia

The airframe, 27 year old Boeing 737-476(SF) HK-5197 (MSN 24430) was operating a scheduled cargo flight from Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO) to Leticia-Alfredo Vásquez Cobo Airport (LET/SKLT) and skidded off the runway into grass past the runway threshold after touchdown.

Firecrews at the airport responded to the incident but the aircraft did not light on fire. The cause of the runway excursion is currently unknown.

Damage to the airframe ©Aerocivil Colombia

MSN 24430 was originally delivered to Australian Airlines as 737-476 VH-TJE before being transferred to Qantas. She was withdrawn from use in October 2012 and flown to Victorville, California for storage.

In December 2015 she was flown to Miami, Florida. In June 2016, she was converted into a 737-476(SF)  Special Freighter, before joining Aer Caribe – Aerolinea del Caribe later that month as HK-5197.

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HK-5197 sometime before the incident ©Luis Carlos Zurita

METARs leading up to and at the time of the crash, around 23:30 UTC/19:30 Local Time

21:00 UTC / 16:00 local time:
SKLT 282100Z 00000KT 9999 SCT010 BKN015 27/24 A2982

22:00 UTC / 17:00 local time:
SKLT 282200Z 32003KT 9999 -DZ SCT010 BKN015 27/24 A2980 RERA

23:00 UTC / 18:00 local time:
SKLT 282300Z 00000KT 9999 -RA BKN010 BKN080 26/24 A2986 RMK AD OPER IMC

00:00 UTC / 19:00 local time:
SKLT 290000Z 00000KT 8000 -DZ BKN010 25/25 A2984 RMK AD OPER IMC

This story is developing, we will bring you live updates as they happen


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