Crash of a Cessna 340A in Santa Cruz

Date & Time: Oct 28, 2018 at 1030 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N5224J
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz - Manaus
MSN:
340A-1035
YOM:
1980
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane was engaged in a humanitarian flight from Bolivia to Brazil, carrying one passenger and a pilot. Shortly after takeoff from a little private airstrip located in the suburb of Santa Cruz, the crew was supposed to land at Santa Cruz-Viru Viru International Airport before continuing to Manaus, Brazil. After takeoff, the crew encountered engine problems (power issue) and decided to return for an emergency landing when the airplane struck trees and belly landed in a grassy area located in Barrio Lindo. Both occupants were uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of an Avro RJ85 in La Ceja: 71 killed

Date & Time: Nov 28, 2016 at 2158 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CP-2933
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Santa Cruz - Medellín
MSN:
E.2348
YOM:
1999
Flight number:
LMI2933
Country:
Crew on board:
9
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
68
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
71
Captain / Total flying hours:
6692
Captain / Total hours on type:
3417.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
6923
Copilot / Total hours on type:
1474
Aircraft flight hours:
21640
Aircraft flight cycles:
19737
Circumstances:
The aircraft was performing a charter flight from Santa Cruz-Viru Viru to Medellín-José María Córdova (Rionegro) Airport, carrying members of the Chapecoense Real soccer team from Brazil who were traveling to Medellín to play against Atletico Nacional for a Copa Sudamericana game. The descent to Medellín was started by night and in good weather conditions when it seems that the encountered electrical problem. At 2156LT, while descending to FL155, the four engine aircraft hit tree tops and crashed in a wooded area located on the slope of a mountain located in the Cerro Gordo, near the city of La Ceja, about 17 km south from runway 01 threshold. The aircraft was totally destroyed upon impact but there was no fire. Six (two crew member and four passengers) were injured and evacuated while 71 other occupants were killed. According to first investigations, the crew encountered electrical problems and the aircraft may have suffered a fuel exhaustion. Due to the combination of several factors and findings that were detected during initial investigations, it was determined that the primary cause of the accident may have been a fuel exhaustion. The board of investigation was then in a process to determine the exact circumstances of the occurrence and to understand the course of events and the exact behavior and flight supervision (instruments, fuel jauges, flight preparation, operations, permission, ground assistance) on part of the flight crew and the operator. On December 2, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bolivia revoked with immediate effect the Air Operator Certificate of LAMIA. All flights have been suspended since.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the accident was the consequence of an inappropriate planning and execution of the flight, since the amount of fuel required to fly from the airport of destination to an alternate airport was not considered, nor was the amount of reserve fuel, nor the contingency fuel, nor the minimum landing fuel, quantities of fuel required by aeronautical regulations for the execution of the type of international flight that the aircraft CP-2339 was performing. The following factors were considered as contributing:
- Loss of situational awareness,
– Premature configuration of the aircraft for landing,
– Latent deficiencies,
– Lack of operational supervision and control of part of Operator,
– Organizational and operational deviation on the part of the Operator (non compliant to standard procedures).
Final Report:

Crash of a Curtiss C-46F-1-CU in Santa Cruz: 3 killed

Date & Time: Apr 21, 2012 at 0813 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CP-1319
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Santa Cruz - Cobija
MSN:
22428
YOM:
1945
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Aircraft flight hours:
29080
Circumstances:
Crew was engaged in a training mission from Santa Cruz-Viru Viru Airport to Cobija-E. Beltram Airport. Shortly after take off from runway 16, crew decided to return and commenced an approach to runway 16. Approximately 200 metres short of runway, captain started a go around procedure but aircraft stalled and crashed. Three crew were killed as the fourth occupant was injured. Built in 1945, the aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and post impact fire. At the time of the accident, visibility was reduced to three km with rain falls.
Probable cause:
Accident was caused by an inadvertent aerodynamic stall at low height on short final to runway 16. The board of investigation was not able to determine the exact cause of the stall.

Crash of a Swearingen SA227AC Metro III in Trinidad: 8 killed

Date & Time: Sep 6, 2011 at 1855 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CP-2548
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Santa Cruz-Trinidad
MSN:
BC-768B
YOM:
1992
Flight number:
AEK238
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Captain / Total flying hours:
5000
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1500
Circumstances:
On approach to runway 14 at Trinidad Airport, crew encountered low visibility due to smoke coming from forest fire. For unknown reasons, aircraft went out of control and crashed in a jungle area located eight kilometres from airport. SAR arrived on scene three days later and a passenger was found alive while all eight other occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 421C Golden Eagle III in La Paz: 4 killed

Date & Time: Apr 1, 2000 at 0950 LT
Operator:
Registration:
FAB-014
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
La Paz - Santa Cruz
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed La Paz-El Alto Airport on a flight to Santa Cruz, carrying two pilots and two technicians. After takeoff, the crew declared an emergency after the right engine failed during initial climb and was cleared to return. On final, the aircraft crashed 500 metres short of runway, bursting into flames. All four occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Failure of the right engine during initial climb for unknown reasons.

Crash of a Swearingen SA226TC Metro II in La Vertiente: 10 killed

Date & Time: Dec 12, 1997 at 1705 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
CP-1635
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
La Vertiente - Santa Cruz
MSN:
TC-359
YOM:
1980
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
17
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Circumstances:
After takeoff from runway 01/19 at La Vertiente Airport, both engines lost power. The aircraft lost height, struck trees and crashed in a field some 300 metres past the runway end. A crew member and nine passengers were killed while nine other occupants were injured. The aircraft was completing a charter flight to Santa Cruz-Viru Viru Airport on behalf of Servicios Aéreos Vargas de España (SAVE), carrying employees of the Tesoro Bolivia Petroleum Company based in San Antonio, Texas.
Probable cause:
Loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.

Crash of a Lockheed C-130 Hercules in Guayaramerín: 24 killed

Date & Time: Dec 21, 1989 at 1400 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
TAM-62
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Guayaramerín – Santa Cruz
MSN:
3187
YOM:
1958
Country:
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
18
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
24
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff, while in initial climb, of the engine failed. The aircraft lost height and crashed in a dense wooded area. Four occupants were injured while 24 others were killed, among them women and children.
Probable cause:
Engine failure during initial climb for unknown reasons.

Crash of a Beechcraft B90 King Air in La Paz: 7 killed

Date & Time: Apr 26, 1979
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
FAB-006
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
La Paz - Santa Cruz
MSN:
LJ-413
YOM:
1969
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
Few minutes after takeoff from La Paz-El Alto Airport, while climbing, the airplane crashed in unknown circumstances 14 km from the airport. All seven occupants were killed.

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-80-DL in La Senda

Date & Time: Jan 6, 1977
Registration:
CP-728
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Santa Cruz - Trinidad
MSN:
19689
YOM:
1944
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
En route from Santa Cruz to Trinidad, the left engine's temperature rised and the propeller was overspeeding. The left propeller was feathered and the crew was cleared to return to Santa Cruz for an emergency landing. Few minutes later, the right engine's temperature also rised. The captain realize he could not make it so he reduced his altitude and completed a belly landing in a pasture located in La Senda. All four occupants were evacuated safely while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Rockwell Aero Commander 680 in Santa Cruz

Date & Time: Feb 15, 1974
Operator:
Registration:
CP-989
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 near the Santa Cruz Airport. The occupant's fate remains unknown.