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Last updated: 24 April 2017
Date:Friday 8 May 1987
Type:Silhouette image of generic C212 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
CASA C-212 Aviocar 200
Operating for:American Eagle
Registration: N432CA
C/n / msn: 271
First flight: 1982-11-30 (4 years 5 months)
Total airframe hrs:6264
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-10R-511C
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:0,2 km (0.1 mls) from MayagŁez Airport (MAZ) (   Puerto Rico)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:San Juan-Isla Grande Airport (SIG/TJIG), Puerto Rico
Destination airport:Mayaguez-Eugenio M. de Hostos Airport (MAZ/TJMZ), Puerto Rico
Flight 5452 departed San Juan at 06:20 for a VFR flight to Mayaguez. The flight to Mayaguez was uneventful until the base leg turn to finals for runway 09. Witnesses saw the aircraft making a tight turn (without extending the downwind leg as usual) and overshooting the extended centreline. The aircraft then made a violent turn and entered a high sink rate. The right wingtip struck the ground 643 feet short of the runway threshold and 67 feet right of the extended centreline. The plane continued 100 feet through a chain-link fence and a ditch before pivoting about 180deg coming to rest upright.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Improper maintenance in setting propeller flight idle blade angle and engine fuel flow resulting in a loss of control from an asymmetric power condition. A factor contributing to the accident was the pilot's unstabilized visual approach."

» Aviation Letter 247
» NTSB/AAR-88/07

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
report status: Final
report number: NTSB/AAR-88-07
report released:2 August 1988
duration of investigation: 1 year and 3 months
download report: Executive Air Charter, Inc. dba American Eagle, Flight 5452 CASA C-212, N432CA, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, May 8, 1987. (NTSB/AAR-88-07)


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N432CA flew for Prinair until February 1986 when it was bought by American Eagle.
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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 San Juan-Isla Grande Airport to Mayaguez-Eugenio M. de Hostos Airport as the crow flies is 112 km (70 miles).

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