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Avianca Flight 203
An Avianca Boeing 727-100 similar to the one involved.
Bombing summary
Date November 27, 1989
Summary Terrorist Bomb
Site Colombia
4°35′N 74°13′W / 4.583°N 74.217°W / 4.583; -74.217Coordinates: 4°35′N 74°13′W / 4.583°N 74.217°W / 4.583; -74.217
Passengers 101
Crew 6
Fatalities 110 (including 3 on ground)
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Boeing 727
Operator Avianca Airlines
Registration HK-1803
Flight origin El Dorado Int'l Airport
Destination Alfonso Bonilla Aragón Int'l Airport

Avianca Airlines Flight 203 was a Colombian domestic passenger flight from El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá to Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport in Cali. It was destroyed by a bomb over the municipality of Soacha on November 27, 1989.[1]

The aircraft took off from the Colombian capital Bogotá en route to Cali. It was in the air for five minutes and flying at a speed of 794 kilometres per hour (493 mph) when an explosive charge detonated on board, igniting fuel vapors in an empty fuel tank.


The aircraft was a Boeing 727-21 with registration number HK-1803; it was purchased from Pan Am. The aircraft took off as scheduled at 7:11 a.m. After 5 minutes into the flight a bomb placed near the fuel tank exploded at 13,000 feet. The blast ripped the airliner apart: the nose section separated from the tail section, which went down in flames. All 107 people on board were killed, as well as three people on the ground who were killed by falling debris. According to the investigations the bomb was placed by a man wearing a suit who was able to bring the bomb inside the aircraft in a suitcase.[2]


The bombing of Flight 203 was the deadliest single criminal attack in the many decades of Colombian violence. Pablo Escobar of the Medellín drug cartel planned the bombing, hoping it would kill presidential candidate for the 1990 elections César Gaviria Trujillo.[3] Gaviria, however, was not on the aircraft, and would go on to become President of Colombia.[4] Two Americans were among the dead, and because of this, the Bush Administration would begin Intelligence Support Activity operations to find Escobar.[4]

Dandeny Muñoz Mosquera, the chief assassin for the Medellín Cartel, was convicted in a United States District Court for the bombing and was sentenced to 10 consecutive life sentences.


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Yahoo! Maktoob News

Yahoo! Maktoob News
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:15:00 -0800

Colombian airline Avianca's Flight 203 had just taken off from Bogota on its way to Cali on November 27, 1989 when it exploded over the town of Soacha, outside the capital, killing all 107 people on board and strewing debris and dismembered bodies ...

Colombia Reports

Colombia Reports
Mon, 01 Dec 2014 06:38:13 -0800

Roberto Romero, who is a researcher with the group, made the comments in reference to the 25th anniversary of the downing of Avianca Flight 203 by the Medellin cartel in a failed attempt to kill presidential candidate Cesar Gaviria, leaving 109 ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:04:52 -0800

Velásquez, who was recently released from a 30-year sentence for multiple assassinations ordered by the drug lord, including the 1989 bombing of Avianca flight 203 that killed 107 people, is in hiding in Colombia and was too terrified to come to the US ...

Colombia Reports

Colombia Reports
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:13:55 -0700

In 1989 alone, Popeye was allegedly responsible for both the bombing of Avianca Flight 203, in which 107 passengers were killed, and the assassination of presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan. Additionally, he was the mastermind behind numerous car ...

International Business Times UK

International Business Times UK
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:00:00 -0700

A growing herd of hippopotamuses once owned by the late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar is putting local populations at risk. Escobar, known as one of the wealthiest criminals in history, smuggled elephants, giraffes and hippos into his lavish zoo ...
PanAm Post
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:11:13 -0800

EspañolOn November 27, 1989, a bomb's detonation brought down a Boeing 727 aircraft — Avianca Flight 203 from Bogotá to Cali — shortly after its takeoff from El Dorado Airport. The explosion and subsequent crash killed each of the 107 passengers and ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:16:11 -0700

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