Narrative: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
» World Aircraft Accident Summary - CAP 479 / Airclaims
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-Óscar 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.