20 Killed in Crash; One Passenger Survives
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) _ A twin-propeller plane on a domestic flight crashed Saturday in bad weather in the jungles of southern Colombia, killing 20 people. One passenger survived.
The Spanish-made Caza-300 was owned by the state airline Satena, and was flying from Villavicencio, 45 miles south of Bogota, to La Macarena, 130 miles south of Villavicencio. It crashed near La Macarena.
The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known, although rain and fog are common in the area.
A civil aviation inspector, Jaime Mayorga, originally said all 21 people aboard the plane were killed, but the civil aviation authority later said one passenger, Pedro Gaitan, survived.
Gaitan, who lost his 9-year-old son in the crash, was flown to a military hospital in Bogota where he was listed in critical condition.
There were 17 passengers and four crew members on board. Among the victims of the crash were the head of the La Macarena National Park, and La Macarena’s parish priest.
A brigade of soldiers in the area to fight leftist guerrillas came across the wreckage, Gen. Jorge Miranda Carpio, commander of the army unit, told Caracol radio.