La Vanguardia Airport

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Vanguardia Airport

Aeropuerto Vanguardia
Aeropuerto Vanguardia, Villavicencio - panoramio (1).jpg
Airport typePublic
LocationVillavicencio, Colombia
Elevation AMSL1,394 ft / 425 m
Coordinates4°10′05″N 73°36′50″W / 4.16806°N 73.61389°W / 4.16806; -73.61389
VVC is located in Colombia
Location of airport in Colombia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 1,940 6,365 Asphalt
Sources: GCM[1] Google Maps[2]

La Vanguardia Airport (IATA: VVC, ICAO: SKVV) is an airport serving the city of Villavicencio in the Meta Department of Colombia. It serves regular passenger, charter and cargo airlines as well as private sectors. The airport is just north of the city.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

SATENA Embraer 170 at La Vanguardia Airport (July 2012)
Avianca Express Bogotá
Easyfly Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Cali, Medellin–Olaya Herrera, Neiva, Pereira
SATENA Bogotá, Mitú, Puerto Carreño, Puerto Inírida
Viva Air Colombia Cartagena (ends October 12, 2022), Medellín–JMC

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 6 June 1985, Douglas C-53D HK-1340 of LACOL Colombia crashed shortly after take-off after the starboard engine failed while the aircraft was on a cargo flight. The aircraft was probably overloaded and it caught fire after crashing into trees. Three of the six people on board were killed.[3]
  • On 28 May 1993, Douglas C-53D HK-2213 of Transoriente Colombia crashed near Villavicencio after both engines failed shortly after take-off from La Vanguardia Airport on a scheduled passenger flight. Seven of the 29 people on board were killed.[4]
  • On 30 March 1996, Douglas C-47B HK-2497 of LANC Colombia was damaged beyond repair in a wheels-up landing on approach to La Vanguardia. The aircraft was on a domestic scheduled passenger flight to La Macarena Airport when an engine problem was encountered and the decision was made to return to La Vanguardia.[5]
  • On July 9, 2000, a Curtiss C-46 HK-851-P of ADES Airlines, crashed near the airport after take off, when the engine number 2 failed due to fire. 13 of 19 people on board were killed including the Captain and First Officer. There were 7 survivors.
  • On 3 November 2010, an explosion took place at the airport warehouse. No casualties were reported. The explosion was caused by a parcel. As a result, several airlines suspended flights from the airport.[6]
  • On 9 March 2019, Douglas DC-3 HK-2494 of LASER Aéro Colombia crashed en route from Jorge Enrique González Torres Airport, in San José del Guaviare, killing all 14 occupants.[7]
  • On July 10, 2021, a DC-3 of Alianza, registered as HK2830, crashed into a mountain minutes after take-off. All three occupants were killed.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Airport information for VVC at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^ Google Maps - Vanguardia
  3. ^ "HK-1340 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
  4. ^ "HK-2213 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  5. ^ "HK-2497 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  6. ^ sify news Retrieved on 4 November 2010
  7. ^ "Fourteen killed in Colombia plane crash: Civil aviation agency". Reuters. 9 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Encuentran restos de avión accidentado en el Meta sin sobrevivientes". 9 July 2021.

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