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Crash of a BAe Jetstream 31 in San Pedro Sula

Date & Time: Dec 31, 2012 at 1014 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HR-AWG
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Roatan - San Pedro Sula
MSN:
764
YOM:
1987
Flight number:
EKY734
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
17
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight from Roatan, crew started the approach to runway 04. After landing, pilot applied brake when the aircraft encountered some problems. It veered off runway to the left, went through a grassy area, lost its undercarriage and came to rest with its nose in a drainage ditch located 40 meters to the left of the runway edge. While all 19 occupants were uninjured, aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Rockwell Shrike Commander 500S in Comayagua: 2 killed

Date & Time: Mar 8, 2012 at 1125 LT
Operator:
Registration:
TG-JAB
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
San Pedro Sula - Tegucigalpa
MSN:
500-3303
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
For unknown reasons, aircraft was flying low when it hit tree tops and crashed in a wooded area located in Plan de La Laguna, in the Comayagua National Park. Both occupants were killed.

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 208 Caravan in Belize City

Date & Time: Mar 9, 2005 at 1720 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
V3-HFW
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Belize City-San Pedro
MSN:
208-0791
YOM:
1999
Flight number:
PM2110
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
13
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff. There was a sudden change in weather conditions and a thunderstorm was approaching the airport at the time of the accident.

Crash of a Let 410 in Guatemala City: 8 killed

Date & Time: Sep 18, 2001 at 0642 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
TG-CFE
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Guatemala City-San Pedro Sula
MSN:
86 17 05
YOM:
1986
Flight number:
ATL870
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Aircraft flight hours:
2467
Aircraft flight cycles:
4001

Crash of a Fokker F27 in Abidjan: 17 killed

Date & Time: Jun 26, 1994 at 1941 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
TU-TIP
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
San Pedro-Abidjan
MSN:
10577
YOM:
1978
Flight number:
VU777
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
14
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
17

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 Douglas DC-6B in Tegucigalpa: 4 killed

Date & Time: Feb 20, 1967 at 0845 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HR-SAS
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
San Pedro Sula – Tegucigalpa – San Salvador – Guatemala City – Mexico City
MSN:
42894/56
YOM:
1947
Flight number:
SH203
Country:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
50
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
13128
Captain / Total hours on type:
682.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
5799
Copilot / Total hours on type:
206
Aircraft flight hours:
48871
Circumstances:
Flight 203 was a scheduled domestic flight from La Mesa Airport, Cortis Department, to Toncontín, Tegucigalpa, D.C., with three flight crew members, two stewardesses and fifty passengers on board. The gross weight of the aircraft at take-off was 75 023 lbs. After a routine pre-flight check which did not reveal any abnormality, the aircraft took off from La Mesa at 0815 hours. Its estimated flight time was 32 minutes and the en-route altitude was 7 500 ft. After 23 minutes of flight the aircraft contacted Toncontín control tower over "El Rancho" and requested authorization to use frequency 118.1 Mc/s. This was acknowledged by the tower which cleared the aircraft to enter the circuit for a landing on runway 01, the wind being calm. The crew then requested to use runway 19 but the tower refused because there was some traffic on runway 01 and several aircraft were waiting to land on that runway. The landing was initiated, 20° of flaps and the undercarriage were lowered; the pilot reported on base leg and extended the flaps to 300. According to the flight crew the indicated airspeed was 100 kt over the fence located before the threshold of runway 01. The landing was normal and smooth and immediately after the nose-wheel touched down the pilot-in-command called for withdrawal of the safety lock of the propeller reverse system. This was done; however the throttle controls would not shift to the desired position (rearward) to operate the propeller reverse system satisfactorily. Three consecutive attempts were made without success. The pilot evaluated the situation and, since the air- craft had passed the point where a go-around could be attempted, he decided to use the brakes only as they appeared to operate normally at the time. According to some reliable observers (aviation mechanics and tower controllers) one of the aircraft's tires burst approximately halfway down the runway and another tire, possibly on the opposite side, burst 50 m farther down. It was assumed that these tires were the two outermost tires. As the aircraft was nearing the end of the runway, the pilot-in-command became afraid of the pronounced slope ahead and veered to the left to execute a 180° turn (ground loop). The turn was successfully completed; however, due to the aircraft's inertia, the radius of the turn was too wide and the nose-wheel ran into a drainage ditch; the aircraft then skidded, the left undercarriage ran into the same ditch and stayed in it, the nose-wheel broke off, the left wing fuel tanks burst and the propellers of Nos. 1 and 4 engines were damaged. A fire resulting from the intense heat of the brakes and wheels, the spilled fuel and the dry grass immediately broke out and destroyed the aircraft. Four passengers were killed while 51 other occupants were evacuated. The aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
According to the reports of the crew, the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the reverse pitch control mechanism. The Board was not able to confirm or deny this because the fire had obliterated all traces of any possible cause.
Final Report:

Crash of a Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando in San Pedro Sula

Date & Time: Sep 18, 1962
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N67937
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
San Pedro Sula – San Juan
MSN:
22386
YOM:
1945
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
During the takeoff roll at San Pedro Sula-Barandillas Airport, the airplane suffered a loss of power on one engine. It went out of control, veered off runway and eventually collided with a wooden house. Both crew members were unhurt while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Loss of engine power on takeoff.

Crash of a Curtiss C-46A-55-CK Commando in Tegucigalpa

Date & Time: Jun 7, 1962
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HR-SAL
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
San Pedro Sula – Tegucigalpa
MSN:
248
YOM:
1945
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Upon landing at Tegucigalpa-Toncontin Airport, the left main gear collapsed. The airplane slid for several yards and came to rest, damaged beyond repair. Both pilots were slightly injured.
Probable cause:
Failure of the left main gear on landing.