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Accident description
Last updated: 13 October 2015
Date:Tuesday 20 July 1999
Time:ca 11:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:La Coste˝a
Registration: YN-CED
C/n / msn: 208B-0341
First flight: 1993
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:50 km (31.3 mls) W of Bluefields (   Nicaragua)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Managua Airport (MGA/MNMG), Nicaragua
Destination airport:Bluefields Airport (BEF/MNBL), Nicaragua
Flightnumber: 046
The Grand Caravan YN-CED was equipped with a Garmin 100 GPS. At some time prior to the flight the GPS was removed because it was to be used in a helicopter operated by La Coste˝a. The airplane departed Managua (MGA) on a flight to Bluefields (BEF). The descent for Bluefields was started prematurely.
The Caravan flew into a remote hillside of the Cerro Silva at approx. the 2000 feet level. the aircraft was on a VFR flight in weather conditions including low clouds and rain. Safety altitude in the area was 2700 feet.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Aviˇn se estrellˇ por "razones desconocidas"(El Nuevo Diario 25-9-1999)


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Distance from Managua Airport to Bluefields Airport as the crow flies is 259 km (162 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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