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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Date:Friday 16 December 2005
Time:ca 11:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Operator:Nature Air
Registration: TI-AZQ
C/n / msn: 805
First flight: 1984
Total airframe hrs:37107
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:2 km (1.3 mls) from Tamarindo Airport (TNO) (   Costa Rica)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:San José-Tobias Bolanos International Airport (SYQ/MRPV), Costa Rica
Destination airport:Tamarindo Airport (TNO/MRTM), Costa Rica
Flightnumber: 331
Crashed in a forest.
The Twin Otter was bought by CAAMS LLC in the U.S. to be completely refurbished.

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Distance from San José-Tobias Bolanos International Airport to Tamarindo Airport as the crow flies is 192 km (120 miles).

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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