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Accident description
Last updated: 30 November 2015
Date:Thursday 21 February 2008
Time:ca 17:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT43 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Operator:Santa Bárbara Airlines
Registration: YV1449
C/n / msn: 028
First flight: 1986
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW120
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 43 / Occupants: 43
Total:Fatalities: 46 / Occupants: 46
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 10 km NW of Mérida-A Carnevalli Airport (MRD) (   Venezuela)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mérida-A Carnevalli Airport (MRD/SVMD), Venezuela
Destination airport:Caracas-Simón Bolívar International Airport (CCS/SVMI), Venezuela
Flightnumber: 518
Santa Bárbara Airlines Flight 518 departed Mérida (MRD) at 16:59 on a domestic flight to Caracas. Shortly after takeoff the airplane flew into the side of a mountain at a height of 4100 m (13.400 feet).

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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METAR Weather report:
21:00 UTC / 17:00 local time:
SVMD 212100Z 29008KT 9999 SCT013 BKN100 XX/XX Q1018=

22:00 UTC / 18:00 local time:
SVMD 212200Z 25005KT 9999 BKN013 OVC100 20/12 Q1021=


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Distance from Mérida-A Carnevalli Airport to Caracas-Simón Bolívar International Airport as the crow flies is 507 km (317 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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