Intercontinental de Aviación Flight 256

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Intercontinental de Aviación Flight 256
Intercontinental Colombia DC-9-15; HK-3486X, December 1993 CVP (5127216922).jpg
An Intercontinental de Aviación McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15, similar to the one involved
Date 11 January 1995 (1995-01-11)
Summary Altimeter failure, loss of situational awareness by crew
Site near María La Baja, Colombia
9°59′00″N 75°21′00″W / 9.9833°N 75.3500°W / 9.9833; -75.3500Coordinates: 9°59′00″N 75°21′00″W / 9.9833°N 75.3500°W / 9.9833; -75.3500
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
Passengers 47
Crew 5
Fatalities 51
Injuries 1
Survivors 1

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 through FL200 20,000 feet (6,100 m) at 19:33. The last radio contact occurred when the flight was cleared further down to 8,000 ft (2,400 m).[1] The plane impacted with the ground in a marshy lagoon near María La Baja, 56 km (35 mi) from Cartagena Airport.[1] The probable cause of the crash was a wrong setting of the altimeter. Altimeter number 1 indicated 16,200 ft (4,900 m) on impact.[1]


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