Crash of a Piper PA-31-310 Navajo in Los Camastros: 1 killed

Date & Time: Oct 2, 2015 at 1203 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-GCMD
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
31-7912101
YOM:
1979
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The pilot, sole on board, left Managua Airport at 0934LT on a flight for the Australian Company CSA Global, taking part to a geological mission dedicated to the construction of a canal. Enroute, the twin engine aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances in a field located in Los Camastros, north of Veracruz, State of Rivas. The pilot was killed and maybe tried to use a parachute before the crash as one was found in the debris.

Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-2 in Managua

Date & Time: Oct 14, 2009 at 1600 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
75
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Managua-Managua
MSN:
1G214-02
Country:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:

The crew, consisted of engineers and pilots, was engaged in a test flight following an engine technical control. The aircraft left Managua-Augusto C. Sandino airport for a check flight and on final approach, the engine stopped. The crew elected to perform an emergency landing in an open field located 800 metres short of runway. All five occupants escaped with minor injuries but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Douglas DC-10-10F in Managua

Date & Time: Jun 4, 2006 at 0510 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N68047
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Miami - Managua
MSN:
47801/98
YOM:
1973
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Miami-Intl Airport on a night cargo flight to Managua, carrying three crew members and a load consisting of 50 tons of chemical and toxic products. After touchdown on runway 09 which is 2,450 metres long, the aircraft was unable to stop within the remaining distance. It overran, went through a fence, lost its nose gear and came to rest 350 metres further in trees. All three crew members escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Rockwell Grand Commander 690 in Villa el Carmen

Date & Time: Jul 9, 2005
Operator:
Registration:
HK-4323
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
690-11354
YOM:
1976
Country:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed near Villa el Carmen following apparent technical problems while completing a smuggling flight.

Crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan on Mt Silva: 16 killed

Date & Time: Jul 20, 1999 at 0945 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
YN-CED
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Managua – Bluefields
MSN:
208B-0341
YOM:
1993
Flight number:
NIS046
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
14
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
16
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft departed Managua-Augusto C. Sandino Airport in the morning on a flight to Bluefields, carrying two pilots and 14 passengers, most of them members of a development aid organization. While approaching the destination, the crew initiated a VFR descent to Bluefields in marginal weather conditions. At an altitude of 2,000 feet, the aircraft struck the slope of Mt Silva located in the Zelaya Central Mountain Range. The wreckage was found about 50 km west of Bluefields and all 16 occupants were killed, among them a Swiss citizen.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain after the crew initiated the descent under VFR mode in IMC conditions. The following contributing factors were identified:
- Poor weather conditions with low clouds,
- The crew started the descent prematurely, causing the aircraft to descent at 2,000 feet while the minimum safe altitude was 2,700 feet over the area of the accident.

Crash of an Antonov AN-26 in Bluefields: 28 killed

Date & Time: Jan 21, 1999 at 0810 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
152
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Managua - Bluefields
MSN:
142 06
YOM:
1985
Country:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
21
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
28
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Managua Airport at 0710LT on a flight to Bluefields, carrying 21 passengers and a crew of seven, among them 15 civilians. On approach, the crew was instructed by ATC to follow a holding pattern because another aircraft was blocking the main runway. Shortly later, the aircraft struck the slope of a mountain located 6 km from the airport. All 28 occupants were killed.

Crash of a Boeing 737-2H6 in Managua

Date & Time: Jul 18, 1993 at 1930 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N401SH
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Tegucigalpa - Managua - San José
MSN:
20584
YOM:
1972
Flight number:
SH415
Country:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
88
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The approach to Managua-Augusto Cesar Sandino Airport was completed in poor weather conditions with limited visibility due to thunderstorm activity and heavy rain falls. On short final, the captain got distracted by lightning striking the ground to the right of the airplane. Then the aircraft landed nose first, causing it to be partially torn off. The aircraft bounced, veered off runway to the right and came to rest 45 metres to the right of the runway. All 94 occupants evacuated safely, except a crew member who was seriously injured.

Crash of a Douglas DC-6 near San Carlos: 9 killed

Date & Time: Jan 23, 1988
Type of aircraft:
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Swan Island - Swan Island
Country:
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
The four engine aircraft departed Swan Island Airport (Islas del Cisne) off Honduras on a supply mission to the Contras rebels in Nicaragua. It was carrying a load of weapons, ammunition, clothing and food as well as 10 people. After 11 pallets were dropped, the aircraft was hit by a surface-to-air missile that struck one of the right engine. The aircraft continued for about 30 km when it was shot down by a second surface-to-air missile and crashed four minutes later. One occupant was injured while nine others were killed.
Probable cause:
Shot down by two surface-to-air missiles.