Accident Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain HK-5121,
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Date:Monday 21 November 2022
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain
Owner/operator:Aeropaca SAS
Registration: HK-5121
MSN: 31-7652004
Year of manufacture:1976
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Medellin -   Colombia
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport (EOH/SKMD)
Destination airport:Pizarro Airport (SQZJ)
Investigating agency: Aerocivil
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
A Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain suffered engine problems shortly after takeoff from Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport (EOH/SKMD) and crashed into a residential area in the Belén Rosales quarter of Medellin and was destroyed by fire. The two pilots and six passengers died. The aircraft conducted a flight for travel agency Grupo San Germán Express SAS.

According to the Flight Plan, the aircraft was scheduled to depart at 09:30 (14:30 UTC), to proceed through the VFR Bolombolo exit and to maintain an altitude of 12,500 ft ASL en route; the estimated time en route was 50 min.
At 10:00 the aircraft was loaded with 233 lbs of cargo and 6 passengers and 2 crew members boarded; the crew started the engines at 10:03 and began taxiing at 10:06 to runway 02.
At 10:13:22, the aircraft started the takeoff run, and a few seconds after the rotation, the co-pilot called ATC: "MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY HK5121, engine failure".
The Tower controller cleared the aircraft to return and reported wind calm.

Subsequent to this communication, there was no further radio transmission from the crew. Visually, from the control tower, the loss of altitude and subsequent collision of the aircraft against the urban area was confirmed, followed by a fire that generated smoke.

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