Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 2 October 2014
Status:Preliminary
Date:Monday 4 November 2013
Time:22:36
Type:Silhouette image of generic H25A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Siddeley DH-125-400A
Operator:Unknown
Registration: XB-MGM
C/n / msn: 25175/NA713
First flight: 1969
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-3-1RH
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:13 km (8.1 mls) N of Buena vista del Meta, Apure (   Venezuela)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:Bonaire-Flamingo International Airport (BON/TNCB), Netherlands Antilles
Destination airport:La Ceiba Airport (LCE/MHLC), Honduras
Narrative:
A Hawker Siddeley DH-125-400A jet was destroyed on the ground by Venezuelan military forces.
According to Mexican authorities the airplane departed Querétaro Airport (QRO), Mexico with two crew members and five passengers who appeared to have been using false identities. Four passengers deplaned after the flight landed on the Caribbean island of Bonaire. The crew then filed a flight plan for La Ceiba Airport (LCE), on the Caribbean coast of Honduras.
The airplane was then intercepted after illegally entering Venezuelan air space. It was followed for 40 minutes before Air Force planes forced it to land on a remote airstrip.
The occupants fled the scene before Venezuelan forces arrived. They reportedly discovered cocaine on board. The airplane was set afire and burned out.

XB-MGM was offered for sale in January 2013 with 10,681 flying hours and 8,107 landings.


Sources:
» El Comando Estratégico Operacional
» LA Times
» AFP
» Leader-Post 11-11-2013


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Distance from Bonaire-Flamingo International Airport to La Ceiba Airport as the crow flies is 2033 km (1271 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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