1983 Avensa Douglas DC-9 crash

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1983 Avensa Douglas DC-9 crash
Accident summary
Date 11 March 1983
Summary Pilot error in bad weather
Site Barquisimeto Airport, Venezuela
Passengers 45
Crew 5
Fatalities 23
Survivors 27
Aircraft type Douglas DC-9-32
Operator Avensa
Registration YV-67C
Flight origin Caracas Airport, Venezuela
Destination Barquisimeto Airport, Venezuela

The 1983 Avensa Douglas DC-9 crash occurred on 11 March 1983 when an Avensa Douglas DC-9 airliner on a domestic flight in Venezuela from Caracas Airport to Barquisimeto Airport where it landed hard, slid off of the runway and exploded.[1][2] Twenty-two passengers and one crew member died.[1][2]


The Douglas DC-9, registration YV-67C, was on an internal flight when it made an ILS approach in thick fog at Barquisimeto Airport, Venezuela.[1] The DC-9 landed hard 1015 metres beyond the runway threshold, causing the landing gear to collapse, and the aircraft subsequently slid off the runway and exploded.[1] The aircraft was carrying 45 passengers and five crew, of whom one crew member and 22 of the passengers died, while ten passengers were seriously injured.[1]


The probable cause was 'Improper in-flight decisions and inadequate supervision of the flight were contributory factors.'[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g United Kingdom CAA Document CAA 429 World Airline Accident Summary (ICAO Summary 1985/2)
  2. ^ a b c Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network