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Colón

Crash of a Beechcraft 200 Super King Air near Iriona: 2 killed

Date & Time: Mar 12, 2020
Operator:
Registration:
HK-5075
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
BB-801
YOM:
1981
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was engaged in an illegal flight carrying two pilots and a probable load of cocaine bags. En route, the aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances in a prairie located in a mountainous area near Iriona. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and both occupants were killed.

Crash of a BAe Jetstream 31 in Bocas del Toro

Date & Time: Jun 1, 2006 at 0755 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HP-1477PS
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Panama City-Bocas del Toro
MSN:
760
YOM:
1985
Flight number:
PST680
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
16
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The commuter aircraft landed in heavy rain falls. It overran the runway and came to rest in a marshy field. All occupants escaped uninjured but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of an Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante in Colon: 21 killed

Date & Time: Jul 19, 1994 at 1830 LT
Registration:
HP-1202AC
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Colon-Panama
MSN:
110-375
YOM:
1981
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
18
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
21

Crash of a Lockheed C-130A Hercules off Trujillo: 21 killed

Date & Time: Jan 22, 1985 at 0935 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
56-0501
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Howard – Trujillo – Comayagua
MSN:
3109
YOM:
1957
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
16
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
21
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight from Howard Airbase in Panama, the crew started the approach to Trujillo Airport in marginal weather conditions. While completing a left turn at low height with gear and flaps retracted, the aircraft struck the water surface with its left wingtip. Out of control, it crashed in the sea about 13 km from the airport. All 21 occupants were killed. At the time of the accident, the visibility was estimated to be 2,500 meters in haze with a 1,500 feet ceiling and a northerly wind gusting to 25 knots.

Crash of a Martin PBM-5S2 Mariner off Colón: 15 killed

Date & Time: Oct 31, 1955
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
59232
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
59232
YOM:
1945
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
16
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
15
Circumstances:
While taking off from the Colón-Coco Solo NAS, the aircraft suffered a right engine failure, lost speed and height and eventually burst into flames while hitting a concrete pier. A crewman survived while 15 others were killed.
Probable cause:
Failure of the right engine on takeoff.

Crash of a Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer in Colón: 7 killed

Date & Time: Jan 6, 1954 at 2017 LT
Operator:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
14
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
On final approach by night to France Field Airport in Colón, the airplane hit tree tops and crashed in a dense wooded area located 1,200 meters short of runway 36. Seven crew members were killed while seven others were injured.
Crew:
Lt Stephen E. Griffin, †
Michael R. Paveslch, †
A1c Clarence Fry, †
A3c John R. Parmenter Jr., †
A3c Robert C. Kratt, †
A3c Harold T. Lane, †
Arthur L. Manor, †
Lt John E. Tochey,
Lt Robert J. Bixler,
A1c Robert D. Ross Jr.,
A1c Robert V. Delke,
A2c Kenneth D. Klewer,
A2c Andrew R. Hinkle,
A3c Clarence H. Schneider.

Crash of a Martin PBM-5 Mariner off Colón: 9 killed

Date & Time: Jul 8, 1949
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
84655
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
9
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
En route, while cruising over the Caribbean Sea, the crew declared an emergency and informed ground about a fire on board. While descending to Coco Solo AFB located in Colón, the aircraft went out of control and crashed in flames into the Caribbean Sea some 21 km off shore. All nine crew members were killed.

Crash of a Consolidated PBY-2 Coronado off Puerto Castilla: 10 killed

Date & Time: Oct 19, 1943
Operator:
Registration:
7147
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Country:
Crew on board:
11
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Circumstances:
For unknown reason, the captain was forced to ditch the aircraft off Puerto Castilla. On landing, the seaplane broke in two and sank. A crew member was rescued while all others were killed.

Crash of a Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina off Colón: 5 killed

Date & Time: Aug 20, 1942
Operator:
Registration:
04468
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Coco Solo - Coco Solo
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
9
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew was involved in a training exercise near Colón. While descending to the Manzanillo Bay, off Coco Solo NAS, the crew turned on the approach lights when the seaplane hit the water surface and sunk. Five crew members were killed while four others were rescued.
Probable cause:
It seems the pilot misjudged the distance between the aircraft and water surface due to the glassy water surface that probably caused an optical illusion and wrong distance indication to the crew, favored by the approach lights.

Crash of a Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina off Colón: 13 killed

Date & Time: Aug 19, 1942
Operator:
Registration:
04474
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Coco Solo - Coco Solo
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
13
Circumstances:
On take off from Coco Solo NAS in Colón, the seaplane hit a tug and crashed into the Manzanillo Bay. All seven crew members on board the aircraft were killed as well as six crew members on board the tug.