ASN Aircraft accident Beechcraft 1900D HP-1948BT Panama City Albrook-Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport (PAC)
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Status:Accident Investigation report not yet completed, but information verified through authorities or other sources.
Date:Saturday 12 March 2022
Time:20:04 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic B190 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 1900D
Operator:Bocas Air
Registration: HP-1948BT
MSN: UE-206
First flight: 1996
Total airframe hrs:36929
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67D
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Panama City Albrook-Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport (PAC) (   Panama)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Panama City Albrook-Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport (PAC/MPMG), Panama
Destination airport:Bocas Del Toro Airport (BOC/MPBO), Panama
Bocas Air flight 524, a Beech 1900D, was retracting the undercarriage after takeoff from Panama City Albrook-Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport (PAC) when the cargo door detached from the aircraft and fell into the grass area of the runway 19 threshold.
According to the pilot in command's statements, after boarding the passengers and closing the aircraft doors, the crew proceeded with the checklist, confirming everything was normal. After taxiing and arriving at the MPMG runway 01 holding point, the control tower authorized them to enter The crew heard a loud noise, vibration and indication of cargo door open light. They notified ATC and requested to return to PAC, proceeded to make a right pattern and performed procedures established in the Quick Reference Handbook (QRH). A safe landing was made.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: OFINVAA
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: ACCID-005-HP1948BT-2022
Download report: Preliminary report

Cargo door failure
Forced landing on runway


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Distance from Panama City Albrook-Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport to Bocas Del Toro Airport as the crow flies is 297 km (186 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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