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Crash of a Gulfstream G200 in Tegucigalpa

Date & Time: May 22, 2018 at 1119 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N813WM
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Austin – Tegucigalpa
MSN:
54
YOM:
2001
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
5400
Aircraft flight hours:
5299
Circumstances:
On final approach to runway 02, the copilot informed the captain about the fact that the approach speed was too high by 20 knots to the reference speed. The captain replied he would correct this but the airplane landed too far down runway 02, about 993 metres before the end of the runway which is 2,010 metres long but with a displaced threshold, giving a landing distance available of 1,700 metres. Upon touchdown, the aircraft's speed was 142 knots, about 14 knots above the speed reference according to existing conditions and weight and balance. Unable to stop within the remaining distance, the airplane overran, went down an embankment, crossed a road and came to rest against a second embankment, broken in two. All six occupants were slightly injured and the aircraft was destroyed. Owned by TVPX, it was operated by Silver Air.
Probable cause:
The accident was the consequence of the followings:
- The crew completed an approach at a speed higher than the reference speed for weight and balance specified in the aircraft checklist,
- Lack of specific information on the length of the runway at Toncontín International Airport by the crew for the approach to runway 02, when landing almost halfway down the runway leaving little distance for effective braking of the systems,
- A late activation of the thrust reverser systems about 0:13 seconds after touchdown was considered as a contributing factor,
- Existing weather conditions were not considered as a contributing factor.
Final Report:

Crash of a Let 410 in Cerro de Hula: 14 killed

Date & Time: Feb 14, 2011 at 0802 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HR-AUQ
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
San Pedro Sula - Tegucigalpa
MSN:
91 26 03
YOM:
1991
Flight number:
CAA731
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
12
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
14
Circumstances:
While approaching Tegucigalpa-Toncontin in marginal weather conditions, aircraft crashed in Cerro de Hula, fifteen km south of Airport. All 14 occupants were killed. At the time of the accident, visibility was limited to 5 km with few clouds at 700 feet and a broken ceiling at 2,000 feet. For unknown reasons, crew was approaching the airport at a too low altitude.

Crash of a Cessna 421 Golden Eagle in Tegucigalpa: 3 killed

Date & Time: Mar 10, 2010 at 1405 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
TG-JYM
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Tegucigalpa-La Mesa
MSN:
421-0403
YOM:
1973
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:

The twin engine aircraft crashed three minutes after takeoff from Tegucigalpa-Toncontin airport. All three occupants were killed.

Crash of an Airbus A320-233 in Tegucigalpa: 5 killed

Date & Time: May 30, 2008 at 0940 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
EI-TAF
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
San Salvador – Tegucigalpa – Miami
MSN:
1374
YOM:
2000
Flight number:
TA390
Country:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
118
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Captain / Total flying hours:
11899
Captain / Total hours on type:
8514.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1607
Copilot / Total hours on type:
250
Aircraft flight hours:
21957
Aircraft flight cycles:
9992
Circumstances:
On landing on runway 02, the aircraft did not decelerate as expected and overrun. It came onto a street, destroyed several cars and came to rest in a wall. The captain and two passengers were killed as two other people in ground vehicles. At least 81 passengers were injured. The aircraft was destroyed. At the time of the accident, the tropical depression called Alma hung over the city with high winds and strong rains.

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Tegucigalpa: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 16, 1998 at 0730 LT
Registration:
YS-14C
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Guatemala-Tegucigalpa
MSN:
31-7300940
YOM:
1973
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2

Crash of a Lockheed C-130 Hercules in Tegucigalpa: 3 killed

Date & Time: Apr 1, 1997 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
88-4408
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Milwaukee-Tegucigalpa-Panama City
MSN:
5161
YOM:
1989
Flight number:
USAF408
Country:
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3

Crash of a Lockheed L-188CF Electra in Tegucigalpa: 3 killed

Date & Time: Mar 21, 1990
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HR-TNL
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
San Pedro Sula - Tegucigalpa
MSN:
1134
YOM:
1960
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
While approaching Tegucigalpa-Toncontin Airport in poor weather conditions, the crew failed to realize his altitude was too low when the aircraft struck the south slope of Cerro de Hula (1,600 meters high) located 14 km from runway 01 threshold. The aircraft was destroyed and all three crew members were killed.

Crash of a Boeing 727-200 in Tegucigalpa: 127 killed

Date & Time: Oct 21, 1989 at 0753 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N88705
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
San José - Managua - Tegucigalpa - Houston
MSN:
19514
YOM:
1968
Flight number:
SH414
Country:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
138
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
131
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight from Managua, the crew started a night descent to Tegucigalpa-Toncontin Airport. The standard approach to runway 01 consisted of a three-steps descent from the initial approach fix altitude of 7,500 feet. For unknown reasons, the crew failed to follow this procedure and started the descent prematurely and with a constant descent profile from a distance of 11 nm from the airport. This caused the aircraft to descend below the glide when, at an altitude of 4,000 feet, it struck the slope of Cerro de Hula (4,800 feet high) located 7,7 km short of runway 01. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and 15 people, including four crew members, were rescued while 131 other occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the crew failed to follow the approach procedures and initiated a premature descent, causing the aircraft to follow a wrong approach profile.
The following contributing factors were reported:
- The crew experience was insufficient,
- Negligences on part of the crew,
- Poor crew coordination,
- The crew failed to take appropriate actions when the GPWS alarm sounded,
- Lack of visibility caused by night and marginal weather conditions,
- Absence of visual reference points on the ground.

Crash of a Douglas DC-6 near Tegucigalpa: 10 killed

Date & Time: Feb 25, 1989
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
HR-AKZ
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
44642
YOM:
1955
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Circumstances:
While approaching Tegucigalpa-Toncontin Airport, the crew failed to realize his altitude was too low when the aircraft collided with a mountain about 27 km from the Airport. The aircraft was destroyed and all 10 occupants were killed. They were completing a humanitarian mission on behalf of USAid.

Crash of a Douglas DC-6A near Tegucigalpa: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jan 27, 1973
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HR-TNO
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Miami - Tegucigalpa
MSN:
45476/977
YOM:
1958
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
While descending to Tegucigalpa-Toncontin Airport on a cargo flight from Miami, the four engine airplane struck the slope of a mountain and crashed 16 km from the destination. The aircraft was destroyed and all three crew members were killed.