Date & Time: May 26, 2010 at 0855 LT
Type of aircraft:
Piper PA-31-310 Navajo
Ocean City Comercial
Guatemala City - San Salvador
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The twin engine aircraft departed Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport at 0840LT on a flight to San Salvador-Ilopango Airport, carrying two passengers and one pilot. About 4-5 minutes after takeoff, while climbing in IMC conditions, the pilot reported technical problems with the instruments and was cleared for an immediate return. Shortly later, the aircraft entered an uncontrolled descent and crashed in a meat packing plant located in the approach path. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces as well as the building. All three occupants as well as one people in the factory were killed.
Loss of control following the failure of the attitude indicator while climbing in IMC conditions.