Accident Lockheed L-188A Electra HR-SAW,
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Date:Thursday 8 January 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic L188 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Lockheed L-188A Electra
Owner/operator:SAHSA - Servicio Aéreo de Honduras SA
Registration: HR-SAW
MSN: 1018
Year of manufacture:1958
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:1,5 km W of Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport (GUA) -   Guatemala
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport (GUA/MGGT)
Destination airport:Tegucigalpa-Toncontin Airport (TGU/MHTG)
After the plane arrived at La Aurora with one engine shut down and one of the electrical generators malfunctioning, the crew decided to ferry the aircraft to Honduras for repairs. The passengers deplaned and the Electra took off for a three-engined ferry flight.
Shortly after take off, the pilot reported a total loss of hydraulic pressure and difficulty to control the plane. The Electra began to return to La Aurora, but the plane lost altitude until it crashed into some houses 1 mile west of the airport.

PROBABLE CAUSE: A second electrical generator was damaged during the take off roll, causing a lack of power to keep the hydraulic pressure above minimums. It was also concluded that the flying controls were mistrimmed.


Mario Overall
NTSB recommendation
Prensa Libre Newspaper



photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; San Andres Island Airport (ADZ); May 1975

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