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DC-6 Carrying 84 People Loses Power After Takeoff, 5 Injured

February 10, 1991

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) _ A DC-6 aircraft carrying 84 people lost power shortly after takeoff, forcing it to make an emergency landing in a field, military authorities said. Five naval cadets suffered injuries.

Navy Capt. Luis Hernan Wilson said the airplane was leaving Bogota’s El Dorado airport for the border city of Araucawhen one of its engines caught fire 12 seconds after takeoff.

The plane tried to return to the main airport, dumping 2,000 gallons of fuel as a precautionary measure, when another engine caught fire, forcing the aircraft to make an emergency landing in a field six miles from Bogota.

Firefighters rushed to the scene, and the most seriously of the injured was reported to be a cadet who suffered a broken shoulder bone.

The flight carrying 80 cadets and four crew was chartered by the military from the private Air Colombia company for a flight to an area near the Venezuela border where rebels are active. The airplane was about 30 years old and had been serviced three hours earlier, Wilson said.

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