Crash of a Learjet 25D off Naiguatá: 5 killed

Date & Time: Aug 19, 2017 at 0016 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
YV3191
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Caracas – Barcelona
MSN:
25-368
YOM:
1984
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Maiquetía-Símon Bolívar Airport at 0011LT for a 35 minutes flight to Barcelona. About five minutes after takeoff, while cruising at an altitude of 23,000 feet, the aircraft went out of control and plunged into the sea few km off Naiguatá, State of Vargas. It appeared the aircraft disintegrated on impact and few debris were found the next morning floating on water. All five occupants have been killed.

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 PZL-Mielec AN-2T in La Paragua

Date & Time: Mar 30, 2017
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
YV1638
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
1G108-59
YOM:
1969
Country:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The pilot was forced to attempt an emergency landing in a wasteland for unknown reason. There were no casualties but the aircraft was seriously damaged and seems to be writen off.

Crash of a Cessna 550 Citation II in Charallave: 2 killed

Date & Time: Aug 16, 2016 at 1540 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
YV3051
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Charallave - Barinas
MSN:
550-0071
YOM:
1979
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from runway 10 in Charallave-Óscar Machado Zuloaga Airport, while in initial climb, the aircraft banked to the right, lost altitude and eventually crashed in a huge explosion in a dense wooded area located down below the airfield. The aircraft was totally destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and both crew members were killed.

Crash of a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain near Canaima: 2 killed

Date & Time: Aug 1, 2016 at 0730 LT
Operator:
Registration:
YV607T
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
La Paragua – Canaima
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a cargo flight from La Paragua to Canaima. While descending to Canaima in the early morning, the twin engine aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances some 34 km northeast of the intended destination. The wreckage was found few hours later and both pilots have been killed.

Crash of a Cessna S550 Citation II in Charallave

Date & Time: Aug 26, 2015 at 2230 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
YV3125
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Oranjestad – Barcelona – Charallave
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a charter flight from Oranjestad (Aruba) to Charallave with an intermediate stop in Barcelona. During the night approach to runway 10, the captain decided to make a go around for undetermined reason. During the second attempt to land, the aircraft landed long and the touchdown appeared to be half way down the runway 10 which is 2,000 meters long. Unable to stop within the remaining distance, the aircraft overran, went down an embankment and came to rest. All eight occupants were evacuated safely while the aircraft was written off. The passengers were members of the pop band 'Los Cadillac's' with the Venezuelian singer and actor Arán de las Casas.

Crash of a Embraer EMB-820C Navajo in Ricaurte: 2 killed

Date & Time: May 24, 2015 at 0040 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
PT-RCN
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
820-121
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew took off from a small airfield located in the suburb of Manaus at the end of the day with a load of 616 small packages containing cocaine. After entering the Venezuelan airspace without any permission, the crew was contacted twice by ATC but failed to answer. Authorities decided to send two fighters to establish a visual and radio contact with the crew but without success as, due to the low visibility caused by night and poor weather conditions, the crew of the Navajo was able to continue the flight without further problem. But three hours later, the twin engine aircraft was again localized over the State of Cojedes and the decision was made to shoot it down. Out of control, the Navajo crashed in a pasture located in the region of Ricaurte and was totally destroyed. Both pilots were killed and the load of narcotics was found. At the time of the accident, the aircraft was illegally registered YV1246 as a sticker has been affixed above the official Brazilian registration PT-RCN.
Probable cause:
Shot down by a Venezuelan fighter.

Crash of a Beechcraft Super King Air 200 in Maracaibo

Date & Time: Apr 25, 2015 at 1710 LT
Registration:
YV2803
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Caracas – Maracaibo
MSN:
BB-506
YOM:
1979
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
For unknown reason, the twin engine aircraft landed hard and lost its empennage and skidded for several yards before coming to rest in flames. While all five occupants were evacuated safely, the aircraft was written off. It seems the aircraft suffered an engine failure shortly before landing.

Crash of a Britten Norman BN-2A-8 Islander in Los Roques

Date & Time: Jan 16, 2015
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
YV2238
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Higuerote - Los Roques
MSN:
296
YOM:
1971
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On landing on runway 07, the right main gear collapsed and punctured the right wing. The aircraft came to rest and seems to be irreparable. All 10 occupants were unhurt.

Crash of a Partenavia P.68C-TC in La Bonanza: 1 killed

Date & Time: Dec 23, 2014
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
YV1706
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Valencia – Caracas
MSN:
242-07-TC
YOM:
1982
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The pilot Amílcar Suárez, sole on board, was killed when the twin engine aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances in a mountainous area located near La Bonanza. The aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire.