Narrative:The Cessna Caravan departed Ponce (PSE) at 15:26 without filing a flight plan. The flight was about 30 miles (48 km) north west of Ponce when low clouds and heavy turbulence were encountered. The airplane collided with trees as the pilot maneuvered to maintain visual conditions. The terrain elevation at the approximate location of the accident site was 2500 feet.
|Date:||23 DEC 1999|
|Type:||Cessna 208B Grand Caravan|
|C/n / msn:|| 208B-0655|
|First flight:|| 1998|
|Total airframe hrs:||1427|
|Engines:|| 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Adjuntas, P.R. (Puerto Rico)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Ponce-Mercedita Airport (PSE/TJPS), Puerto Rico|
|Destination airport:||Aguadilla-Borinquen Airport (BQN/TJBQ), Puerto Rico|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot continued flight into adverse weather conditions that included low ceiling and turbulence. Factors to the accident were trees."
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 Ponce-Mercedita Airport to Aguadilla-Borinquen Airport as the crow flies is 80 km (50 miles).