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Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-28 in Puerto Cabello: 13 killed

Date & Time: Jul 12, 2001 at 1246 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
YV-117CP
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Puerto Cabello - Caracas
MSN:
AJE001-10
YOM:
1996
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
13
Circumstances:
Operated by Overtec, the aircraft was leased from a Polish company and was engaged in a demonstration flight from Puerto Cabello to Caracas on behalf of the Venezuelan National Guard. Shortly after takeoff from Puerto Cabello-General Bartolomé Salom Airport, while climbing, the twin engine aircraft encountered difficulties to gain height, stalled and crashed in an open field, bursting into flames. The aircraft was totally destroyed by a post crash fire and all 13 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Loss of control during initial climb following a loss of power on one engine for undetermined reasons.

Crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2B-36A Marquise near Charallave: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jun 4, 1981
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
YV-174CP
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Charallave - Puerto Cabello
MSN:
695
YOM:
1977
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
After takeoff from Charallave-Óscar Machado Zuloaga Airport, while climbing, the Marquise collided with a private Piper PA-31T Cheyenne II registered YV-215CP. Inbound to the same airport, the Piper was completing a flight from Barquisimeto with five people on board. Following the collision, both aircraft dove into the ground and crashed few km from the airport. All 10 people in both aircraft were killed.

Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2A-20 Islander in Caracas

Date & Time: Jun 15, 1977
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
YV-O-MAR-6
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Puerto Cabello - Caracas
MSN:
203
YOM:
1970
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane was performing a flight from Puerto Cabello to Caracas on behalf of the Venezuelan Government. While approaching the Francisco de Miranda AFB, both engines failed simultaneously. The pilot reduced his altitude and attempted an emergency landing on a highway located in La Araña, about nine km west of the airport. Upon landing, the airplane struck few cars and came to rest. Four occupants were injured while four others were unhurt. No one was hurt on the ground.
Probable cause:
Double engine failure on approach caused by a fuel exhaustion.

Crash of a Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina in Puerto Cabello

Date & Time: Jul 15, 1948
Operator:
Registration:
YV-C-APJ
Flight Type:
Country:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances into the Puerto Cabello harbor. The crew fate remains unknown but the aircraft was lost.