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Crash of a Gulfstream GIII off Punta Arenas: 9 killed

Date & Time: Jul 4, 2017 at 1343 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
YV2896
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Maiquetía – Porlamar
MSN:
469
YOM:
1986
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
While approaching the Island of Margarita, en route from Maiquetía-Simon Bolivar Airport to Porlamar, the crew encountered control difficulties and informed ATC about hydraulic issues. The crew performed a rapid descent to 3,000 feet apparently to ditch the aircraft when it crashed into the sea about 16 km west off Punta Arenas. It is believed the aircraft disintegrated on impact and only few debris were found floating on water. No trace of any survivors.

Crash of a Vickers 749 Viscount in Porlamar: 48 killed

Date & Time: Aug 14, 1974 at 0920 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
YV-C-AMX
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Caracas - Porlamar
MSN:
95
YOM:
1956
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
44
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
48
Circumstances:
While descending to Porlamar-Del Caribe-General en Jefe Santiago Mariño Airport, the crew encountered poor weather conditions with low visibility and heavy rain falls. In accordance with ATC, the crew decided to divert to Cumaná Airport and while completing a turn to change heading, the four engine airplane struck the peak La Gloria located about 10 km northeast of Porlamar Airport. The wreckage was found eight meters below the summit and the copilot, seriously injured, was evacuated to an hospital in Caracas while 47 other occupants were killed. 17 days later, the copilot Ivan Rodolfo Magallanes died from his injuries.
Probable cause:
It is believed that the crew may have lost his orientation during the few seconds preceding impact with the ground, maybe following a malfunction of several instruments whose parameters were probably badly influenced by static electricity accumulated in the stormy weather. At the time of the accident, hurricane 'Alma' was approximately 100 km east of Margarita Island.

Crash of a Fairchild F27A in Porlamar: 23 killed

Date & Time: Feb 25, 1962
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
YV-C-EVH
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Porlamar – Cumaná
MSN:
12
YOM:
1958
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
20
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
23
Circumstances:
Few minutes after takeoff from Porlamar Airport, while climbing, the airplane struck the slope of Mt San Juan located few km from the airfield. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and all 23 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
For unknown reason, the crew did not follow the published procedures for Porlamar Airport departure.

Crash of a Martin PBM-3S Mariner off Porlamar: 8 killed

Date & Time: Jul 15, 1944 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
01726
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
3284
Country:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
While cruising at a height of some 200 feet, the aircraft suffered an engine failure. The crew lost control of the aircraft that plunged into the sea few km off shore. All eight occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Engine failure.