1947 Avianca Douglas DC-4 crash

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1947 Avianca Douglas DC-4 crash
Avianca Douglas DC-4 Volpati.jpg
An Avianca DC-4, similar to the accident aircraft
Accident summary
Date February 15, 1947 (1947-02-15)
Summary CFIT due to pilot/navigation error
Site Mount El Tablazo, near Bogotá, Colombia
Passengers 49
Crew 4
Fatalities 53 (all)
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Douglas DC-4
Operator Avianca
Registration C-114
Flight origin Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport, Barranquilla
Destination Aeropuerto de Techo, Bogotá

On February 15, 1947, an Avianca Douglas DC-4 registered C-114 crashed into Mount El Tablazo en route from Barranquilla to Bogotá, Colombia, killing all 53 people on board.[1]

Mount El Tablazo was shrouded in fog when, at 12:18 local time, the aircraft crashed into it at an elevation of about 10,500 feet. The cause of the crash was determined to be pilot error, with the crew deviating from the designated airway and flying below a safe altitude.[2]

The crash was the deadliest aviation disaster of 1947, and was eventually tied with the crash of an Eastern Air Lines DC-4 near Baltimore three months later.