Date & Time: Jul 31, 1981 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter
Río Hato – Penonomé – Coclecito
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The twin engine airplane departed Río Hato Airport at 1044LT and landed at Penonomé at 1055LT. Following a stop of 45 minutes, the airplane took off bound to the north to Coclecito. While cruising at an altitude of 3,400 feet in poor weather conditions, the airplane struck the slope of a mountain and crashed. All seven occupants were killed, among them General Omar Efraín Torrijos, President of the Republic of Panama.
It is believed that the accident was the consequence of a controlled flight into terrain while flying in low clouds and foggy conditions.