Colombian airline crashes on landing, one dead

A Colombian passenger jet crashed while landing on San Andres island during a storm, killing one and injuring 114

Colombian airline crashes on landing, one dead

 

A Colombian passenger jet operated by local airline Aires crashed while landing on San Andres island on Monday during a storm, killing one passenger and injuring 114, air force authorities said.

The Boeing 737, which was carrying 121 passengers and six crew members, was arriving on the Caribbean resort island when it crashed short of the runway. Lightning and heavy winds were reported around the time of the crash.

"The plane arriving from Bogota landed in the middle of an intense electrical storm," air force Colonel Gustavo Barrero told reporters.

The injured were taken to local hospitals.

"The captain of the airliner (pilot) told us it was struck by lighting. We are inspecting the remains of the plane to try to establish what the damages were and what caused the accident," said Donald Tascon, deputy director of Colombia's aeronautics authority.

Airline Aires is privately owned.

Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Ağustos 2010, 16:43

Muhammed Öylek

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