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Last updated: 23 October 2017
Datum:Donnerstag 3 Juli 2003
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Fluggesellschaft:Servicios Aéreos Nacionales - SANSA
Kennzeichen: HP-1403APP
Werknummer: 208B-0790
Baujahr: 1999
Triebwerk: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 11
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 13
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Repaired
Unfallort:nahe Bahía Ballena (   Costa Rica)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Bahía Drake (Drake Bay) Airport (DRK/MDRK), Costa Rica
Flug nach:San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO/MROC), Costa Rica
En route to San José the engine lost power. The pilot attempted to restart the engine, but his attempts failed. He then attempted to carry out a forced landing on a runway for microlight aircraft. The Grand Caravan impacted trees.

Probable Cause:

CAUSA PROBABLE: "La Unidad de Investigación de Accidentes Aéreos (UIA), determinó que la causa probable de este accidente se debió a la pérdida de potencia en vuelo, que obligó a la tripulación a realizar un aterrizaje de emergencia en una pista para ultraligeros y realizar un recorrido excesivo debido a factores adversos a la operación de la aeronave."
FACTORES CONTRIBUYENTES: "Pérdida de potencia de la planta motopropulsora, campo de aterrizaje corto con una superficie húmeda y resbalosa, posible viento de cola y obstáculos al final de pista."

» Boletín Informativo 2003 / DGAC, Unidad de Investigación de Accidentes

It was a.o. recommended to SANSA to carry out inspections of the turbines following cases of a loss of oil pressure. It was also recommended to wash the airplanes at least 40 minutes after landing to leave enough time for the engine to cool down.


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Bahía Drake (Drake Bay) Airport to San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport as the crow flies is 154 km (96 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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