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Category: News - Briefs Created: 03/08/2000 12:00 AM
URL(s):  Updated: 10/13/2001 02:11 PM
State Dept. OV-10D crashes in Colombia, pilot hurt
By Mike Whaley
Just after takeoff for a drug-eradication mission on the morning of Feb. 6, State Dept. OV-10D N474AW lost power during climb and impacted with the ground 3 minutes and 3 miles out from the runway in Larandia, Colombia, during VFR conditions. The pilot (name withheld here for security reasons) was seriously injured according to the NTSB report, while other sources have reported the injuries as minor scrapes and bruises. The Bronco was destroyed. Another aircraft that took off before the OV-10 reported that the pilot had power problems with the right engine, proceeded to dump most of the chemicals, and said he was unable to feather the propeller and that he couldn't maintain altitude. He elected to eject, and the airplane burned and shed parts during impact upon rough terrain. The right engine separated from the airframe and the main wreckage came to rest about 3,000 feet from the initial impact point. The preliminary NTSB report is at

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