The airplane Douglas DC-3 of Arall Aerolineas Llaneras lost left hand engine after takeoff from Puerto Gaitan airport on flight to Villavicencio, Colombia. The airplane with 3 crew was not able to climb and lost height, so pilot emergency landed outside the aerodrome. The airplane Douglas DC-3 crashed into the field and burst into flames. The crew was evacuated without life-threatening injuries, but all of them were transported to the local hospital. During the accident the airplane was making a flight with cargo and without passengers, but circumstances about the root cause of the fire are under investigation.
The fire erupted from the engine and extended to the front part of the airplane, but fortunately the crew succeeded to escape on time. Two of the three crew were injured and remained at the hospital, while the third one was released with minor injuries. The firefighters needed several hours to extinguish the burning plane.
Douglas DC-3 is a fixed-wing, propeller-driven airliner. The airplane has length of 19.70 m, height of 5.16 m, wingspan of 29.00 m and wing area of 91.70 sq m. The empty weight of the airliner Douglas DC-3 is 7,650 kg, while the gross weight is 11,430 kg. The plane is powered by two Wright R-1820 Cyclone 9-cylinder, air-cooled radial piston engines, each with 1,100 hp.