Narrative:A Grumman HU-16 amphibian airplane, N7026Y, was destroyed following a loss of control during the turn from base to final approach near Chetumal, State of Quintana Roo, in the Republic of Mexico. The instrument rated private pilot and his 2 passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight for which a visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Tulum at 17:30 with Chetumal (CTM) as its intended destination.
|Status:||Preliminary - official|
|Date:||Monday 14 April 2003|
|Type:||Grumman HU-16C Albatross|
|Operator:||Robert F. Carlson|
|C/n / msn:|| G-394|
|First flight:|| 1954|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2|
|Total:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||6,5 km (4.1 mls) W of Chetumal Airport (CTM) (Mexico)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Departure airport:||Tulum Airport (TUY), Mexico|
|Destination airport:||Chetumal Airport (CTM/MMCM), Mexico|
Local authorities reported the airplane had been cleared to land on runway 10 at the Chetumal International Airport. Witnesses reported that the airplane rolled and nosed over during the turn from left base to final approach. The airplane came to rest about 4 miles from the threshold of runway 10. A post-impact fire consumed the airframe.
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.