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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
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Date:Thursday 10 January 1991
Time:ca 18:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic C212 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
CASA C-212 Aviocar 200
Operator:Marina Venezolana
Registration: ARV-0209
C/n / msn: 264
First flight: 1982-08-11 (8 years 5 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 23
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:ca 40 km SW of Mérida-A Carnevalli Airport (MRD) (   Venezuela)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:El Vigia Airport (VIG/SVVG), Venezuela
Destination airport:Mérida-A Carnevalli Airport (MRD/SVMD), Venezuela
Narrative:
A CASA C-212 Aviocar military transport plane was destroyed when it flew into the Paramo Mucuqui mountain. The airplane operated on a domestic flight from El Vigia Airport (VIG) to Mérida Airport (MRD), Venezuela. One passenger survived; all three crew members and nineteen passengers were killed in the accident.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Rescate.com
» Military aviation disasters : significant losses since 1908 / D. Gero, 1999


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Distance from El Vigia Airport to Mérida-A Carnevalli Airport as the crow flies is 56 km (35 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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