Narrative: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 from La Cotena. The airplane departed Managua (MGA) on a flight to Bluefields (BEF). The descent for Bluefields was started prematurely.
|Date:||Tuesday 20 July 1999|
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
|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|
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.
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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 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.