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
Date19 May 1993
SummaryControlled flight into terrain due to Pilot error and ATC error
SiteMt. Paramo Frontino, near Medellín, Colombia
Aircraft typeBoeing 727-46
OperatorSAM Colombia
Flight originTocumen International Airport, Panama
StopoverJosé María Córdova International Airport, Medellín, Colombia
DestinationEl Dorado International Airport, Bogotá, Colombia

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.[1][2][3]

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  1. "Aircraft accident Boeing 727-46 HK-2422X Medellín". Aviation Safety Network. Archived from the original on 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
  2. "Boeing 727-46 HK-2422". JetPhotos.Net. Archived from the original on 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
  3. "132 on Missing Colombian Plane". The New York Times. 1993-05-20. Archived from the original on 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-06-09.

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