A Colombian Air Force CASA (Airbus) CN235-200M crashed in Las Palomas in Cesar, Colombia, on 31 July 2015, with the loss of 11 people on board.
The military transport aircraft flew in the country since 1998. Although the official cause of the crash is still unknown, reports say that the crew reported engine failure before the accident while eye-witnesses saw lightning strike the plane.
The modified aircraft was part of the very mixed transport fleet of the Fuerza Aérea Colombiana (FAC), that includes four CASA C212 Aviocars, nine C295s, seven Lockheed C-130B/Hs, eight Beechcraft King Airs, a pair of Embraer EMB-110s, ten Cessna 208s and for VIP duties two Boeing 737s and two 727s. Colombia is also one of the nations buying Embraer’s biggest and promising KC-390 tanker/transport aircraft, with 12 on order.
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Featured image: A Panamanian airman guides a Colombian CN235 onto the tarmac at Tocumen International Airport as part of the Combined Forces Air Combatant Command during PANAMAX 2007. (Image © Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lolita Lewis / US Navy)