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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Date:Wednesday 19 February 1997
Time:03:06
Type:Silhouette image of generic WW24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
IAI 1124 Westwind
Operator:Transpolar
Registration: YV-160CP
C/n / msn: 211
First flight: 1977
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-3-1G
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:14,4 km (9 mls) S of Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport (GUA) (   Guatemala)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Lima-Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM/SPIM), Peru
Destination airport:Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport (GUA/MGGT), Guatemala
Narrative:
The Westwind jet flew into mountain while on approach to runway 01 at Guatemala City.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» ICAO Adrep


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Distance from Lima-Jorge Chávez International Airport to Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport as the crow flies is 3293 km (2058 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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IAI 1124

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