1983 Avensa Douglas DC-9 crash
|Date||11 March 1983|
|Summary||Pilot error in bad weather|
|Site||Barquisimeto Airport, Venezuela|
|Aircraft type||Douglas DC-9-32|
|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. Twenty-two passengers and one crew member died.
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. 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. 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.
The probable cause was 'Improper in-flight decisions and inadequate supervision of the flight were contributory factors.'
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