Date & Time: Jan 4, 2013 at 1145 LT
Type of aircraft:
Britten-Norman Islander
Registration:
YV2615
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Los Roques - Caracas
MSN:
020
YOM:
1968
Country:
Venezuela
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
2
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
4
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft left Los Roques Island around 1130LT bound for Caracas with four passengers and a crew of two. After he left runway 07, crew was assigned to climb to 6,500 feet. Seven minutes later, crew informed ATC he was climbing to 5,000 feet and his position was some 10 NM from Gran Roque VOR. While cruising at 5,400 feet at a speed of 120 knots, aircraft lost height and dove into the sea. SAR did not find any trace of the aircraft nor the crew and all actions were suspended after one week. The Italian couturier Vittorio Missoni was among the passenger. In June 2013, some debris were localized by a deep of 75 meters into the sea and five bodies were found on 17OCT2013. Eventually, Venezuelan Authorities refloated the aircraft on 25NOV2013.