Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2014
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Friday 27 December 2002
Time:ca 18:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:Tropic Air
Registration: V3-HGH
C/n / msn: 208B-0930
First flight: 2002
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 14
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:off San Pedro Airport (SPR) (   Belize) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Belize City-Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE/MZBZ), Belize
Destination airport:San Pedro Airport (SPR), Belize
Narrative:
The Caravan departed Belize City for an IFR flight to San Pedro (SPR). The fight approached runway 06/24 amidst rain showers. About 2.5 miles away from the runway threshold, at an altitude of about 400 feet the pilot started reducing power to maintain a speed of 120 knots for flap deployment, when suddenly there was an indication of a 1,000 feet per minute descent rate on the VSI. The pilot increased power to initiate a climb, however the airplane continued to descend and impacted the water.
The Caravan was a brand new model, delivered February 2002.


Classification:
Windshear/downdraft
Loss of control

Sources:
» News 5
» NTSB


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Distance from Belize City-Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport to San Pedro Airport as the crow flies is 55 km (34 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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