Intercontinental de Aviación Flight 256

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Intercontinental de Aviación Flight 256
An Intercontinental de Aviación McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15, similar to the one involved
Accident summary
Date 11 January 1995
Summary failure of altimeter and subsequent loss of situational awareness by the crew
Site near María La Baja, Colombia
Passengers 47
Crew 5
Fatalities 51
Survivors 1
Aircraft type Douglas DC-9
Operator Intercontinental de Aviación
Registration HK-3839X
Flight origin El Dorado International Airport, Bogotá, Colombia
Destination Rafael Núñez International Airport, Cartagena, Colombia

Intercontinental de Aviación Flight 256 was a scheduled flight from El Dorado International Airport, Bogotá on a service to Rafael Núñez International Airport, Cartagena and San Andrés. The flight was scheduled to depart at 12:10 but was delayed due to a failure on the previous flight.[1] The flight eventually departed at 18:45. During the approach to Cartagena the aircraft passed FL200 at 19:33. The last radio contact occurred when the flight was cleared further down to 8000 feet.[1] The plane impacted with the ground in a marshy lagoon near María La Baja, 56 km from Cartagena Airport.[1] The probable cause of the crash was a wrong setting of the altimeter. Altimeter nr.1 indicated 16.200 feet on impact.[1] The only survivor was a 9-year-old girl who apparently fell out before the aircraft caught fire.[2]

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