Date & Time: Dec 12, 1997 at 1705 LT
Type of aircraft:
Swearingen SA226 Metro II
Charter/Taxi (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
La Vertiente - Santa Cruz
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
After takeoff from runway 01/19 at La Vertiente Airport, both engines lost power. The aircraft lost height, struck trees and crashed in a field some 300 metres past the runway end. A crew member and nine passengers were killed while nine other occupants were injured. The aircraft was completing a charter flight to Santa Cruz-Viru Viru Airport on behalf of Servicios Aéreos Vargas de España (SAVE), carrying employees of the Tesoro Bolivia Petroleum Company based in San Antonio, Texas.
Loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.