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Last updated: 3 December 2021
Date:Tuesday 9 October 1951
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Operator:Fuerza Aérea Colombiana
Registration: FAC-616
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Puerto Leguizamo (   Colombia)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Puerto Leguizamo Seaplane Base, Colombia
Destination airport:Leticia-Alfredo Vásquez Cobo Airport (LET/SKLT), Colombia
The Catalina struck a sand bank during takeoff from Rio Putumayo. The flying boat operated on a flight from Madrid, Colombia. It landed at several air bases to transport mail, supplies and personnel.
The number of passengers on board was not reported in local press reports.

» El Tiempo - 10 Oct 1951


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Puerto Leguizamo Seaplane Base to Leticia-Alfredo Vásquez Cobo Airport as the crow flies is 695 km (434 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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