Date & Time: Mar 1, 2009 at 1153 LT
Type of aircraft:
Beechcraft 100 King Air
Command Air - Venezuela
Landing (descent or approach)
Charter/Taxi (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
Charallave – Valera
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The twin engine aircraft departed Charallave-Óscar Machado Zuloaga Airport on a charter flight to Valera, carrying four passengers and two pilots. While descending to Valera-Carvajal Airport in IMC conditions, at an altitude of 9,650 feet, the aircraft impacted the slope of Mt Piedra Gorda located 35 km from the airport. The wreckage was found the following day at the end of the afternoon. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and all 6 occupants were killed.
Controlled flight into terrain after the crew started the descent prematurely. The lack of visibility was considered as a contributing factor.