Crash of a Cessna 340A in Santa Cruz

Date & Time: Oct 28, 2018 at 1030 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N5224J
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz - Manaus
MSN:
340A-1035
YOM:
1980
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane was engaged in a humanitarian flight from Bolivia to Brazil, carrying one passenger and a pilot. Shortly after takeoff from a little private airstrip located in the suburb of Santa Cruz, the crew was supposed to land at Santa Cruz-Viru Viru International Airport before continuing to Manaus, Brazil. After takeoff, the crew encountered engine problems (power issue) and decided to return for an emergency landing when the airplane struck trees and belly landed in a grassy area located in Barrio Lindo. Both occupants were uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Swearingen SA227AC Metro III in Riberalta: 8 killed

Date & Time: Nov 3, 2013 at 1556 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CP-2754
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Trinidad - Riberalta
MSN:
AC-721B
YOM:
1989
Flight number:
AEK025
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
16
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight, crew started the descent to Riberalta Airport in poor weather conditions. After touch down, aircraft went out of control, veered off runway and came to rest inverted in flames. At least eight passengers were killed. Aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and post impact fire.
Probable cause:
According to first evidences, it appears that aircraft landed long on runway 14 (1,830 meters long). Thus, the available distance was insufficient for a safe braking procedure and aircraft overrun before coming to rest upside down in flames.

Crash of a Swearingen SA227DC Metro 23 in Sucre

Date & Time: Aug 20, 2013 at 0847 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CP-2655
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Potosí – Sucre
MSN:
DC-819B
YOM:
1993
Flight number:
AEK228
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
11073
Captain / Total hours on type:
806.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1553
Copilot / Total hours on type:
953
Aircraft flight hours:
34860
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight from Potosí, the crew started the descent to Sucre-Juana Azurduy de Padilla Airport Runway 05 in good weather conditions. After touchdown, at a speed of about 50 knots, the aircraft deviated to the left then pivoted 90° left, veered off runway and rolled for about 50 metres before coming to rest in a rocky ditch. There was no fire. All 10 occupants evacuated safely and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Loss of control after landing due to the failure of the nosewheel steering system.
Final Report:

Crash of a Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando in Santa Cruz: 3 killed

Date & Time: Apr 21, 2012 at 0813 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CP-1319
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Santa Cruz - Cobija
MSN:
22428
YOM:
1945
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
12500
Copilot / Total flying hours:
3219
Aircraft flight hours:
29080
Circumstances:
The crew departed Santa Cruz-Viru Viru Airport at 0807LT on a cargo flight to Cobija-E. Beltram Airport. Shortly after takeoff from runway 16, the crew informed ATC he was returning but did not give any details about his situation. On final approach, the aircraft adopted a high-nose attitude, climbed then stalled and crashed 200 metres short of runway, bursting into flames. The passenger was seriously injured and all three crew members were killed. The aircraft was totally destroyed by a post crash fire.
Probable cause:
The cause of the accident was that the aircraft, while on short finals and cleared to land, made an unusual flight maneuver by climbing almost vertically until a wing stall and plunging violently against the terrain, bursting into flames within the security area of the runway.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft 1900C in La Paz

Date & Time: Nov 30, 2011 at 1527 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
FAB-043
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Uyuni - La Paz
MSN:
UA-3
YOM:
1983
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Uyuni-La Joya Andina Airport on a flight to La Paz, carrying four passengers and three crew members. On approach to El Alto Airport, the crew encountered an unexpected situation. The captain decided to attempt an emergency landing in an open field. Upon touchdown, the undercarriage were torn off and the aircraft slid for few dozen metres before coming to rest 6 km from the airport. All seven occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Swearingen SA227BC Metro III in Trinidad: 8 killed

Date & Time: Sep 6, 2011 at 1850 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CP-2548
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Santa Cruz – Trinidad
MSN:
BC-768B
YOM:
1992
Flight number:
AEK238
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Captain / Total flying hours:
5000
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1500
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight from Santa Cruz-El Trompillo Airport, the crew started the descent to Trinidad-Jorge Heinrich Arauz Airport runway 14. On approach, the crew encountered poor visibility due to smoke coming from forest fires. In a visibility estimated between 300 and 500 feet, the aircraft descended too low, impacted trees and crashed in a wooded area located 8 km short of runway. The wreckage was found 3 days later. A passenger was slightly injured while 8 other occupants were killed.

Crash of a Swearingen SA227DC Metro III in La Paz

Date & Time: Feb 27, 2011 at 1510 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CP-2473
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
San Borja - Rurrenabaque
MSN:
DC-842B
YOM:
1993
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On approach to Rurrenabaque, following an uneventful flight from San Borja, the crew encountered problems with the landing gear which failed to lock down. As all three green lights were not ON on the cockpit panel, the Captain decided to divert to La Paz-El Alto Airport where rescue teams were alerted. After touchdown, the left main gear collapsed. The aircraft veered off runway to the left before coming to rest in a grassy area. All eight occupants escaped uninjured and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Boeing 727-259 in Trinidad

Date & Time: Feb 1, 2008 at 1035 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CP-2429
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
La Paz – Cobija
MSN:
22475/1690
YOM:
1980
Country:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
151
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight from La Paz, the crew started the descent to Cobija Airport when he was informed by ATC that a landing was impossible due to poor weather conditions at destination. The crew decided to divert to the Trinidad-Jorge Heinrich Arauz Airport which is located about 600 km southeast of Cobija Airport. On final approach to Trinidad Airport, the crew reported technical problems and was forced to attempt an emergency landing. The aircraft crash landed in a dense wooded and marshy area located 4 km short of runway. All 159 occupants were rescued but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
The crew was forced to attempt an emergency landing due to fuel exhaustion. The crew decided to divert to Trinidad Airport which is located 600 km southeast of Cobija Airport while weather conditions were considered as good at Rio Branco Airport located 160 km northeast of Cobija.

Crash of a Fokker F27 Friendship 400M in Guayaramerín: 1 killed

Date & Time: Apr 16, 2006 at 1137 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
FAB-91
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Riberalta – Guayaramerín
MSN:
10580
YOM:
1978
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
27
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Riberalta-General Buech Airport at 1123LT on a flight to Guayaramerín, carrying 27 passengers and a crew of four, among them two children and one baby. Few minutes after takeoff, the crew was informed about the deterioration of the weather conditions at destination with limited visibility due to heavy rain falls. After landing and a course of about 300 metres, the airplane skidded on a wet runway. It went out of control, veered off runway, lost its both wings and came to rest. All 31 occupants were rescued but an 80 years old men died few hours later from a heart attack.

Crash of a Learjet 35A near La Paz: 6 killed

Date & Time: Mar 9, 2006 at 1630 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
T-21
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
La Paz – Santa Cruz – Paraná
MSN:
35-115
YOM:
1977
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
The aircraft was flying back to Paraná (Argentina) with an intermediate stop at Santa Cruz with 3 military personnel and 3 technicians and board. They came in La Paz to deliver humanitarian aids after important flood in Bolivia. Shortly after takeoff, while in initial climb, the aircraft entered an uncontrolled descent and crashed in an open field located 20 km from La Paz-El Alto Airport. All six occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
It appears that the technicians proceeded with small maintenance on the aircraft prior to departure and that a mechanical failure may occurred after rotation.