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Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander off Taboga Island

Date & Time: Jan 28, 1985
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HP-659
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
64
YOM:
1969
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
En route, one of the engine failed. The pilot reduced his altitude and ditched the aircraft some 22 km off Taboga Island. All four occupants were rescued while the aircraft sank and was lost.
Probable cause:
Engine failure in flight for unknown reasons.

Crash of a Douglas DC-6BF in Panama City

Date & Time: Oct 6, 1980
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
YN-BVI
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
44117/461
YOM:
1954
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Upon touchdown at Panama City-Tocumen Airport, the nose gear collapsed. The airplane slid on its nose for several dozen meters before coming to rest on runway. Both pilots escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Nose gear collapsed on landing for unknown reasons.

Crash of a Convair CV-880-22-2 in Panama City

Date & Time: Mar 29, 1980
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HP-821
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Miami - Panama City
MSN:
22-00-41
YOM:
1960
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful cargo flight from Miami-Intl Airport, the crew started the descent to Panama City-Tocumen Airport in rain falls. After touchdown on a wet runway, the airplane encountered difficulties to decelerate and was unable to stop within the remaining distance. It overran, lost its undercarriage and came to rest few dozen meters further. All four crew members evacuated safely while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Lockheed L-382C-72D Hercules off Panama City: 4 killed

Date & Time: Sep 28, 1979
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
CP-1375
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Panama City – La Paz
MSN:
4744
YOM:
1977
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
Following a night takeoff from Panama City-Tocumen Airport, while climbing, the four engine airplane went out of control and crashed into the sea. The aircraft was destroyed and all four crew members were killed.

Crash of a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain on Contadora Island

Date & Time: Oct 26, 1974
Registration:
HP-909
Flight Phase:
MSN:
31-7405155
YOM:
1974
Country:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances. Occupant's fate remains unknown.

Crash of a Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation in Panama City: 3 killed

Date & Time: Mar 30, 1968
Operator:
Registration:
HP-467
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
4678
YOM:
1957
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Panama City-Tocumen Airport, while in initial climb, the four engine stalled and crashed in a huge explosion near the runway end. The aircraft was destroyed and all three crew members were killed.
Probable cause:
The engine number three caught fire shortly after rotation and control was lost.

Crash of a Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando at Howard AFB: 9 killed

Date & Time: Sep 1, 1967
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
44-77552
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
32948
YOM:
1944
Country:
Crew on board:
9
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Howard AFB, the airplane stalled and crashed, killing all nine crew members.

Crash of a Beechcraft C18S near Chepo: 1 killed

Date & Time: Aug 1, 1967
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
HP-319
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Panama City - Panama City
MSN:
7730
YOM:
1944
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
High over the Panama jungle one August afternoon flew a twin engine plane with seven people aboard. The six passengers had been surveying for a possible sea-level canal across the Darien Province of Panama. They were tired and very anxious to get back to Panama City. Then one engine sputtered and quit. They became alarmed but relaxed when they noticed the plane was holding altitude. A small jungle airfield was not far away. The passengers saw the airstrip and they felt sure there would be a safe landing. Soon the plane was past it and the passengers wanted to know what was going on. The pilot said, "I am going to fly to Panama City." The passengers begged him to land and he refused. The pilot noticing the concern of the passengers and wanting to get the plane back to Panama City for repairs, tried to start the dead engine. With all hopeful eyes fixed on the prop, it turned over a few times. Suddenly the other engine stopped. Down they went into the mangrove swamp. Later in the afternoon a report went out that a twin engine plane was missing. There were two radios on board with direct connection to the home office and an air traffic control tower. The weather was clear. No one heard any distress call. Pilots in other planes flew over jungle airfields in the area and did not see the missing plane. The search went on for five days when one pilot saw something shinning for a moment in the mangrove swamp. He circled around again, hoping to get another glimpse of whatever it was he saw. When he was over the spot, the pilot saw the missing plane hidden under the jungle trees. Within minutes, the U.S. Air Force flew a rescue party in by helicopter. The passengers were badly broken up and hungry, but still alive. After crashing, the pilot stepped out of the plane and sank up to his waist in the muddy swamp. He lived in the mud for three days until he died. The passengers were unable to help because of their broken bones and they feared the same fate. The pilot was trying to save the company money by flying the plane back to Panama City. If he landed at a jungle airfield, the cost of repairs would skyrocket. Men, tools, and parts would have to be flown to the plane.

Source : Robert L. Webb, Goose Creek, South Carolina
Probable cause:
Double engine failure. Investigators found the company did minimum maintenance on their planes.

Crash of a Curtiss C-46A-40-CU Commando off Panama City: 7 killed

Date & Time: Dec 7, 1965
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
LV-HIJ
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Panama City – Guayaquil – La Paz – Buenos Aires
MSN:
22346
YOM:
1945
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
Few minutes after takeoff from Panama City-Tocumen Airport, while climbing, the airplane went out of control and crashed into the sea some 40 km offshore. The aircraft was destroyed and all 7 occupants were killed.

Crash of a Douglas C-54D-10-DC Skymaster in Panama City: 7 killed

Date & Time: Aug 4, 1965 at 2334 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
OB-R-769
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Iquitos – Cali – Panama City – Miami
MSN:
10826
YOM:
1945
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Captain / Total flying hours:
4563
Copilot / Total flying hours:
5012
Circumstances:
The flight was a non-scheduled international cargo flight carrying wild animals from Iquitos, Peru, to Miami, U.S.A., with intermediate stops at Cali, Colombia, and Panama City, Panama. It departed Iquitos at 1325 hours GMT and reached Cali, Colombia at 1725 hours. There it was refuelled and repairs were carried out on Nos. 2 and 3 engines. It then took off for Panama City at 2120 hours, arriving there for refuelling at 2320 hours. At 2333 hours local time, the aircraft took off normally from runway 03 for Miami. One minute later, the tower controller looked towards the aircraft before authorizing a change of frequency and saw large flames at a heading of approximately 040° but was unable to say if the aircraft was still airborne or had just crashed. He immediately gave the alarm and enquired whether the air traffic cont;roller still had radar contact with the air- craft, On receiving a negative reply, he notified the airport authority that the aircraft had crashed. It was subsequently found that the aircraft had struck a mahogany tree at a height of about 70 ft above the ground and then several others before corning to rest on uneven ground. The accident occurred 2.5 miles north-east from the end of runway 03 at Tocumen Airport. The airplane was destroyed and all seven occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
The Commission of Inquiry decided that this accident was probably caused by faulty maintenance. Some malfunction of No. 2 engine apparently occurred during the first phase of take-off and caused an intense in-flight fire. The destruction by the fire of some of the control surfaces resulted in a loss of control and the aircraft struck several trees and crashed.
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