Date & Time: Jul 18, 1993 at 1930 LT
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Tegucigalpa - Managua - San José
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
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.