Accident description
Last updated: 24 July 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 18 April 1990
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 200
Operator:AeroPerlas
Registration: N187SA
C/n / msn: 131
First flight: 1968
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 22
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) off Contadora Airport (OTD) (   Panama) show on map
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Contadora Airport (OTD), Panama
Destination airport:Panama City-Paitilla Airport (PAC/MPMG), Panama
Narrative:
The no. 2 engine failed and the aircraft entered a descending turn which continued until impact with the sea.

Sources:
» NRC Handelsblad 19.04.1990
» Scramble Vol.11, nr.12
» The Pittsburgh Press - Apr 20, 1990


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photo of de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 200 N187SA
N187SA was bought by Ram Air International in February 1990 and leased to AeroPerlas.
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Map
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 Contadora Airport to Panama City-Paitilla Airport as the crow flies is 66 km (41 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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