SAM Colombia Flight 501

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SAM Colombia Flight 501
Boeing 727-46, SAM Colombia AN1995310.jpg
A SAM Colombia Boeing 727, similar to the one involved
Date 19 May 1993
Summary Controlled flight into terrain due to pilot & ATC errors
Site Mt. Paramo Frontino, near Medellín, Colombia
Aircraft type Boeing 727-46
Operator SAM Colombia
Registration HK-2422X
Passengers 125
Crew 7
Fatalities 132
Survivors 0

SAM Colombia Flight 501 was a SAM Colombia Boeing 727-46 that crashed on May 19, 1993, killing all 132 on board, including several Panamanian dentists on their way to a convention. The crew reported over the Abejorral NDB beacon at FL160, approaching Medellín. The flight was then cleared to descend to FL120. The 727 had actually not yet reached the beacon, and descended into mountainous terrain. The flight struck Mount Paramo Frontino at 12,300 feet. Thunderstorm activity in the area made ADF navigation more difficult and the Medellín VOR/DME had been attacked by terrorists and was unserviceable.

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