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Accident description
Last updated: 13 October 2015
Date:Monday 17 June 1991
Type:Silhouette image of generic GLF2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman G-1159 Gulfstream II
Operator:Castor Trading
Registration: N204RC
C/n / msn: 34
First flight: 1968
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:9,3 km (5.8 mls) W of Charallave-Oscar Machado Zuloaga Airport (   Venezuela)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Caracas-Simón Bolívar International Airport (CCS/SVMI), Venezuela
Destination airport:Charallave-Oscar Machado Zuloaga Airport (SVCS), Venezuela
The Grumman G-1159 Gulfstream II jet was destroyed when it impacted the side of a hill at an elevation of 2500 feet near Caracas, Venezuela. The aircraft operated on a repositioning flight from Caracas' international airport to the general aviation airport to the south of the city.
It is reported that the glideslope for runway 10 was unserviceable and that the captain then decided to carry out an unapproved localizer/DME approach. The captain is then said to have improvised letdown altitude instructions for the co-pilot who was pilot flying.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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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 Caracas-Simón Bolívar International Airport to Charallave-Oscar Machado Zuloaga Airport as the crow flies is 40 km (25 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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