ARALL (Aerolineas Llaneras) is a cargo airline based at Vanguardia Airport in Villavicencio, Colombia.
Douglas DC-3 HK-2663
This beauty is a Douglas Commercial C-47A-DL was delivered by Douglas Aircraft Company in September 1943 to the RCAF. When her military career with the Canadian was over, she was sold via Scottish Aviation to the Muscat & Oman Air Force in 1969. From 1972 she entered the Norwegian civilian register and worked for company’s such as; Bergen Air Transport and Norwegian Overseas. In 1975 she was imported into Canada and served for Ontario Central. In 1981 she left Canada for Colombia and has spent a good part of its lifetime working as a sky-truck for the Lineas Aereas Eldorado Ltda. Arall purchased it some years ago and is operating her every day since.
Douglas DC-3 HK-3286
HK-3286 Aerolineas Llaneras C-47-DL in C-check at Arall maintenance, April 2015. This frame flew for the USAAF with the 12th Air Force in North Africa and Italy. After the war she was tranferred to PanAm as NC22434. She also served faithfully with Copa Panama as HP-86 before being sold to Colombia in 1987.
Douglas DC-3 HK-3037
Aerolineas Llaneras C-47-DL HK-3037 during D-check at the company base at Villavicencio, April 2015. This frame is ex USAAF. In 1962 she was converted to a DC-3C as N17779.
Douglas DC-3 HK-3350
The Hulk of HK-3350 at Villavicencio. April 2015.
This aircraft is an ‘oldie’, she left the Long Beach factory in 1937 for delivery to the Trans World Airlines, as NC17323. This DC-3-209 (209 is the Douglas client number for TWA) served TWA for more than 16 32 years. When the TWA DC-3’s were disposed of during the mid-1950s, she was sold. The new owner being United Steel Wrecking Corp. who used the DC-3 from 1953 until 1969. After this civil career she was sold to military in Ecuador and became part of the TAME fleet as HC-AUV. After her military career she was imported into Colombia for SAEP. With its new owners it continued to provide a full range of bush services, flying out of Villavicencio.
DeHavilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver HK-2373
Beaver HK-2373, is owned by Arall of Villavicencio. Manufactured in 1950, HK-2373, came off the line at de Havilland and was delivered to Taxi Aero de Santander as HK-83. In 1997 she became part of the Arall fleet. So this Beaver has spent all her working life in Colombia but at seems her flying carreer is over as she is with drawn from use for some time at Arall’s maintenance base.
DeHavilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver HK-1018
Sistership HK-1018 was also manufactured in 1950. HK-1018 has spent a good part of its lifetime working as a sky-truck for Colombian Abakan Avia as HK-240. Arall purchased her in 2008, but it seems her operating days are over as she looks firmly stored at the Arall maintenance base.
On April 07, 2016, shortly after takeoff from Puerto Gaitán Airport, while on a cargo flight to Villavicencio, an engine failed of DC-3 HK-2663. The crew decided to return to Puerto Gaitán but as the captain realized this was not possible, he reduced his altitude and attempted an emergency landing in a prairie located few kilometers from the airport. The aircraft belly landed and slid for several yards before coming to rest in flames. All three crew members were injured and evacuated while the aircraft was destroyed by fire.
Photo credit: William Alvarez.
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