Accident description
Last updated: 17 December 2014
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 26 August 2009
Time:08:14
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:Línea Turística Aereotuy - LTA
Registration: YV1183
C/n / msn: 208B-0690
First flight: 1998
Total airframe hrs:16077
Cycles:16406
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 13
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:7,4 km (4.6 mls) N off La Tortuga (   Venezuela) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Los Roques Airport (LRV/SVRS), Venezuela
Destination airport:Porlamar Airport (PMV/SVMG), Venezuela
Flightnumber: 202
Narrative:
A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, operated by Línea Turística Aereotuy - LTA, was damaged when the pilot was forced to ditch the single engine airplane at sea. Flight TUY 202 had left Los Roques Airport (LRV) on the Islas Los Roques on an overwater flight to Porlamar Airport (PMV) on the Isla de Margarita.
The flight took off at 07:34 hours local time and climbed to the cruising altitude of 11.500 feet. At 08:04 the aircraft experienced an explosion in the engine, followed by vibration of the engine. The pilot shut down the engine and radioed an emergency. While the airplane descended, the pilot used Flaps 30 in order to carry out a ditching at the lowest possible speed.
All occupants were rescued by fishermen and a sports boat.


CAUSAL FACTOR (translated from Spanish):
Material: According to the findings in the laboratory tests, it was determined that the crash was caused by failures in one or more of the engine compressor turbine blades. However, the mechanism of initial fracture of said blade (s) could not be confirmed.

Classification:
All engine powerloss
Ditching

Sources:
» Rescate

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Junta Investigadora de Accidentes de Aviación Civil (JIAAC) - Venezuela
report status: Final
report number: 041/2009
download report: Final report (JIAAC Venezuela 041/2009)
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Distance from Los Roques Airport to Porlamar Airport as the crow flies is 314 km (196 miles).

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