Colombian investigators have concluded a report into a take-off incident involving an Aerosucre Boeing 737 which narrowly avoided crashing after it struck a tree while departing Puerto Carreño Airport last year.
The 737-200C, HK5192 (c/n 23124) temporarily lost thrust in its left engine following contact with the natural structure, a report by the DIACC found.
The jet was scheduled to carry out two cargo flights between Bogotá and Puerto Carreño on February 3, 2022. The incident occurred on the return leg with five occupants on board: the pilot, a co-pilot, an observer co-pilot, a technician, and a dispatcher.
The crew applied take-off power at 5.51pm local time and the parameters during the ground roll were normal, the DIACC report said.
Immediately after lift-off, as the landing gear lever was moved into the up position, the twinjet impacted the top of a tree located in the take-off path.