ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland DH-114 Prinair Heron 2B N554PR Ponce-Mercedita Airport (PSE)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 24 June 1972
Time:23:17 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic HERN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH-114 Prinair Heron 2B
Registration: N554PR
MSN: 14085
First flight: 1955
Total airframe hrs:11364
Engines: 4 Continental IO-520E
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 20
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ponce-Mercedita Airport (PSE) (   Puerto Rico)
Crash site elevation: 9 m (30 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:San Juan-Isla Verde International Airport (SJU/TJSJ), Puerto Rico
Destination airport:Ponce-Mercedita Airport (PSE/TJPS), Puerto Rico
Flightnumber: 191
The Heron was over-rotated, lost control and crashed while the crew were executing a go-around after trying to land on runway 29.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the loss of directional control during a go-around from a landing attempt. Control was lost when the aircraft was overrotated at too low an airspeed to sustain flight. The crew's reasons for rejecting the landing are not known."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 6 months
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-75-17
Download report: Final report

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Distance from San Juan-Isla Verde International Airport to Ponce-Mercedita Airport as the crow flies is 76 km (47 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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