Crash of a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain in Sayaxché: 2 killed

Date & Time: Apr 13, 2019
Operator:
Registration:
N2613
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
In the morning, the Guatemala Army Forces were informed by ATC that a PA-31 entered the Guatemala Airspace without prior permission. The twin engine airplane crashed in a wooded area located near the farm of Sepens located in the region of Sayaxché, Petén. The aircraft was partially destroyed by impact forces and both occupants were killed. A sticker was set on the fuselage with the registration N2613 which is wrong.

Crash of a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain near San Rafael de Yuma

Date & Time: Apr 5, 2019 at 2228 LT
Operator:
Registration:
YV312
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane departed Venezuela in the evening on a probable drug smuggling flight with an unknown destination. At 2226LT, after it entered the Dominican Airspace, a crew of the Dominican Air Force was dispatched with an Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano but the PA-31 disappeared from radar screens at 2228LT after crashing in a sugar cane field located in the region of San Rafael de Yuma, between La Romana and Punta Cana. Due to limited visibility caused by night and poor weather conditions, SAR operations were suspended shortly after midnight. The wreckage was found in the next early morning. Nobody was found on site and the aircraft is probably written off. The registration YV312 may be a wrong one.

Crash of a Rockwell Sabreliner 60 near Bajamar

Date & Time: Mar 22, 2019
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N990PA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
MSN:
306-114
YOM:
1976
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances in an isolated and uninhabited area located about 14 km east of Bajamar, Honduras. Probably engaged in an illegal mission (drug smuggling flight) as a pack of cocaine and a gun were found in the wreckage. Apparently, nobody was found as the crew disappeared.

Crash of a BAe 125-700A in San Pedro de Peralta: 1 killed

Date & Time: Mar 10, 2019
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N18BA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The aircraft was engaged in an illegal mission, carrying a load of 200 kg of cocaine. En route, the crew apparently encountered an unexpected situation and was forced to attempt an emergency landing when the airplane crashed in a wooded area located near San Pedro de Peralta. A pilot was killed while the second was seriously injured. The registration is apparently fake.

Crash of a Beechcraft B200 Super King Air in Blue Creek

Date & Time: Mar 15, 2018 at 0200 LT
Operator:
Registration:
YV3284
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
MSN:
BB-1277
YOM:
1987
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
By night, the pilot attempted to land in a prairie located in Blue Creek, west Belize. The airplane belly landed and slid for dozen meters before coming to rest, almost broken in two. The pilot leaved the scene but was quickly arrested by the local police. It is believed that it was an illegal flight as the registration on the aircraft (YV3224) is wrong. It appears that the correct registration was YV3284.

Crash of a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain in El Sacrificio

Date & Time: Nov 29, 2016
Operator:
Registration:
N633D
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The airplane was involved in a smuggling flight within Mexico and was carrying three people. In unclear circumstances, the pilot completed a belly landed in a swampy area located in El Sacrificio, Campeche. The airplane was found by authorities damaged beyond repair while no trace of the occupant was found. The registration N633D is attributed to a Piper PA-31 with MSN 31-7852098 which was not involved in this accident. Thus, it was confirmed by Mexican and US Authorities that the registration was false.

Crash of a Percival P.66 Pembroke in Sylvester

Date & Time: Aug 3, 1978
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N51951
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
20
YOM:
1955
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Sole on board, the pilot was completing a drug smuggling flight from Colombia, originally to Valdosta, Georgia. The aircraft was carrying a load of 2,000 lbs of marijuana and supposed to land at Valdosta Airport. For unknown reasons, the runway lights could not be activated so the pilot diverted to Sylvester Airport where the visibility was about half a mile in fog. After landing, the twin engine airplane went out of control, veered off runway and came to rest. The pilot deliberately burnt the aircraft after accident.
Final Report:

Crash of a Percival P.66 Pembroke in Ciénaga

Date & Time: Jul 30, 1978
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N51963
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
MSN:
66
YOM:
1956
Country:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in a banana plantation near Ciéanaga while involved in an illegal flight. There were no casualties but the aircraft was written off.

Crash of a Lockheed 18-56-23 LodeStar in Durbin: 3 killed

Date & Time: May 1, 1978 at 0300 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N9051
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
2517
YOM:
1943
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
8000
Circumstances:
While flying by night at low altitude, the twin engine airplane struck obstacles and crashed in flames. All three occupants were killed. Illegal flight suspected. Customs agents were looking for the aircraft.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight with ground during low pass after the pilot-in-command misjudged altitude.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft D18S in Ocala: 2 killed

Date & Time: Apr 30, 1978 at 1800 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N800WM
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
A-90
YOM:
1946
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
370
Captain / Total hours on type:
30.00
Circumstances:
While flying at low height, the twin engine airplane struck trees and crashed in a field. The aircraft was destroyed by a post impact fire and both occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Collision with trees after the pilot diverted attention from operation of aircraft. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Misjudged altitude and clearance,
- Marijuana vegetation found on board.
Final Report: