Date & Time: Dec 16, 1998 at 0730 LT
Type of aircraft:
Piper PA-31-310 Navajo
Transportes Aéreos de El Salvador
Landing (descent or approach)
Guatemala City – Tegucigalpa
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
While approaching Tegucigalpa-Toncontin Airport runway 01 in IMC conditions, the aircraft descended too low and crashed 10 km short of runway at an altitude of 5,325 feet. The aircraft was destroyed and both occupants were killed. The minimum altitude for the approach at the crash site is 6,700 feet. After crossing the 5 DME fix, a flight can descend to 5,200 feet.
Controlled flight into terrain after the crew continued the approach at an insufficient altitude until the aircraft impacted ground.