Intercontinental de Aviación

Intercontinental de Aviación S.A. (English; lit.'Intercontinental Aviation') was an airline based in Bogotá, Colombia. It operated domestic services and flights to neighbouring countries. Its main hub was located at El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, with a secondary hub at Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport in Cali. The airline closed operations in 2005.

Intercontinental de Aviación
IATA ICAO Callsign
RS ICT INTER
FoundedOctober 16, 1960
(as AeroPesca)
Ceased operationsSeptember 2005
HubsEl Dorado International Airport
Secondary hubsAlfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport
Fleet size5
Destinations25
HeadquartersBogotá, Colombia
Key peopleLuis Alfredo Gallego Ramos

HistoryEdit

The airline was founded and started operations on October 16, 1960 as Aeropesca Colombia.

The company had several accidents, and was sold to a group of shareholders who changed their name and image to Intercontinental de Aviacion in 1982. Only one Vickers Viscount and the Curtiss C-46 Commando left the company. A McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15 and another Vickers Viscount were purchased, and in June 1983, it began operating from Bogotá to the west.

In 1986 it changed shareholders, consolidated itself as a developing company and became a competition for Avianca and SAM. The airline began operating international flights in 1991, and in 1993 more DC-9-15 and De Havilland DHC-8 were acquired. The Executive Class and VIP lounges began to be offered in Bogotá, Cali, Medellín and Barranquilla. In October 2000, four Beechcraft 1900Ds were purchased, which, as well as two Boeing 737-300s, which were never operated.

The airline was forced to cease operations in September 2005 following the crash of West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 in Venezuela. After the crash, the Colombian Civil Aviation Authority required that all airlines undergo a special inspection of its maintenance facilities and aircraft.

DestinationsEdit

 
An Intercontinental Vickers Viscount taxing at El Dorado International Airport in 1991

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FleetEdit

 
An Intercontinental McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15 in 1993

Aeropesca Colombia and Intercontinental de Aviación consisted of the following fleet:

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • On November 4, 1965, a Consolidated PBY Catalina (registered HK-811) went missing during a domestic flight. Four of the six occupants on board were discovered 9 days later near the Peruvian border.[1]
  • On July 11, 1966, a Curtiss C-46 Commando (registration HK-527) went missing over mountainous terrain during a flight from Bogotá to Buenos Aires. The aircraft was carrying eight bulls for an exhibition in Buenos Aires. All 8 occupant on board were killed.[2]
  • On January 5, 1974, a Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar (registered HK-1146) had a landing gear failure during takeoff at Bogotá. The aircraft returned to the airport and tried to land, however the brakes were ineffective, causing it overshoot the runway and coming to rest in a drainage ditch.[3] All 5 occupants on board survived.
  • On August 14, 1978, a Curtiss C-46 Commando (registration HK-1350) flying in worsening weather conditions drifted off course during a flight from Bogotá to Tame and crashed into Mount Paramo de Laura near Tota, Colombia, killing all 18 people in board. Certified to carry only six passengers, it had 15 passengers on board at the time of the crash.[5]
  • On September 14, 1997, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 (registered HK-4062X) was on a flight from San Andrés to Pereira, via Bogotá. As the aircraft landed at Matecaña International Airport, the nose and left main undercarriage, followed by the right main undercarriage, collapsed.[9][10] All 39 passengers and 5 crew members survived. The aircraft was damaged beyond repairs and was written off; however, it was preserved at Bojacá on a private farmland for ground equipment.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  4. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  5. ^ Aviation Safety Network Accident Description
  6. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  7. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  8. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 9 October 2009.
  9. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 9 October 2009.
  10. ^ "Crash of a De Havilland Dash-8-301 in Pereida". Baaa-acro.com. Retrieved August 5, 2021.
  11. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 9 October 2009.

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