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Last updated: 27 November 2021
Date:Saturday 8 June 1974
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 785D Viscount
Operator:Aerolíneas TAO
Registration: HK-1058
MSN: 380
First flight: 1958-05-09 (16 years 1 months)
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Dart 510
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 38 / Occupants: 38
Total:Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 44
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:16 km (10 mls) W of Cúcuta-Camilo Daza Airport (CUC) (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bucaramanga-Gomez Niño Airport, Colombia
Destination airport:Cúcuta-Camilo Daza Airport (CUC/SKCC), Colombia
Flightnumber: 514
A Vickers 785D Viscount passenger plane, registered HK-1058, was destroyed in an accident at Cerro El Retiro, near Cúcuta, Colombia. All 44 on board were killed. The pilot lost control of the plane when the left tailplane and elevator separated during a VMC descent through 7000 feet.
The failure had been caused by a fatigue fracture in the upper part of the tailplane. This fracture had started at the outer hole of the steel fitting at the spar flange where it joins the fuselage.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Aircraft structure - tail unit, involving the failure in flight of the tailplane spar, so that the left tailplane and elevator became detached and control of the aircraft was lost.

Tail failure
Loss of control

» ICAO Circular 132-AN/93 (134-138)

Follow-up / safety actions

FAAA issued 1 Airworthiness Directive

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photo of Vickers-785D-Viscount-HK-1058
accident date: 08-06-1974
type: Vickers 785D Viscount
registration: HK-1058

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 Bucaramanga-Gomez Niño Airport to Cúcuta-Camilo Daza Airport as the crow flies is 113 km (71 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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