SACO (Colombia)

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SACO
Servicio Aéreo Colombiano
IATA
ICAO
Callsign
Founded 1933
Ceased operations 1940 (merged to form Avianca)
Headquarters Bogotá, Colombia

The Colombian Air Service (Spanish: Servicio Aéreo Colombiano), or SACO, was an early Colombian airline. Founded in 1933, in 1940 SACO merged with the Colombo-German Air Transport Society (Sociedad Colombo Alemana de Transporte Aéreo, or SCADTA); the new company was named Airline of the American Continent (Aerovías del Continente Americano, or Avianca).[1] Avianca still operates to this day.

On 24 June 1935, a Ford Trimotor of SACO collided during take off with another Ford Trimotor of SCADTA at Medellín, Colombia. Fifteen people were killed including the world famous tango singer Carlos Gardel.[2]

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  1. ^ Burden, William Armistead Moale. The Struggle for Airways in Latin America (reprint), p.73. Arno Press, New York, 1977. ISBN 0-405-09716-6
  2. ^ Todotango.com page describing the collision resulting in the death of Carlos Gardel retrieved 28 December 2008.