Date: March 17, 1988
Time: 13:17
Location: Near Cucuta, N of Santander, Colombia
Operator: AVIANCA
Flight #: 410
Route: Cucuta - Cartagena
AC Type: Boeing B-727-21
Registration: HK-1716
cn / ln: 18999/240
Aboard: 143   (passengers:136  crew:7)
Fatalities: 143   (passengers:136  crew:7)
Ground: 0
Summary: The aircraft struck a mountain at 6,200 feet after taking off in mist and haze. The crew took off under VFR conditions during adverse weather conditions. Inappropriate presence of a non-crew pilot in the cockpit and his great talkativeness distracting part of the crew which resulted in carelessness and disorientation in monitoring the heading and altitude necessary to maneuver the plane. VFR flight into IFR conditions.

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