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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
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Date:Saturday 13 December 1997
Time:17:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
Operating for:Servicio Aéreo Vargas España - SAVE
Leased from:STAP-Serv. y Transportes Aéreos Petroleros
Registration: CP-1635
C/n / msn: TC-359
First flight: 1980
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 19
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:La Vertiente (   Bolivia)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:La Vertiente Airfield (SLVT), Bolivia
Destination airport:Santa Cruz-Viru Viru International Airport (VVI/SLVR), Bolivia
Narrative:
The aircraft had been leased to SAVE by STAP-Servicios y Transportes Aéreos Petroleros to carry out a flight for the Tesoro Petroleum company from the airstrip at La Veriente to Santa Cruz. The Metro II crashed 300 m from the runway. Initial reports speak of an engine failure.

Sources:
» El Deber
» Los Tiempos Nacional 13.12.1997
» NTSB


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Distance from La Vertiente Airfield to Santa Cruz-Viru Viru International Airport as the crow flies is 401 km (251 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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