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Last updated: 15 October 2019
Status:Final
Date:Friday 8 May 1987
Time:06:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic C212 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
CASA C-212 Aviocar 200
Operated by:Executive Air Charter
On behalf of:American Eagle
Registration: N432CA
C/n / msn: 271
First flight: 1982-11-30 (4 years 5 months)
Total airframe hrs:6264
Cycles:11774
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-10R-511C
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:0,2 km (0.1 mls) from MayagŁez Airport (MAZ) (   Puerto Rico)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:San Juan-Isla Grande Airport (SIG/TJIG), Puerto Rico
Destination airport:Mayaguez-Eugenio M. de Hostos Airport (MAZ/TJMZ), Puerto Rico
Flightnumber:5452
Narrative:
Flight 5452 departed San Juan at 06:20 for a VFR flight to Mayaguez. The flight to Mayaguez was uneventful until the base leg turn to finals for runway 09. Witnesses saw the aircraft making a tight turn (without extending the downwind leg as usual) and overshooting the extended centreline. The aircraft then made a violent turn and entered a high sink rate. The right wingtip struck the ground 643 feet short of the runway threshold and 67 feet right of the extended centreline. The plane continued 100 feet through a chain-link fence and a ditch before pivoting about 180deg coming to rest upright.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Improper maintenance in setting propeller flight idle blade angle and engine fuel flow resulting in a loss of control from an asymmetric power condition. A factor contributing to the accident was the pilot's unstabilized visual approach."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-88-07
Download report: Final report

Classification:


Loss of control

Sources:
» Aviation Letter 247
» NTSB/AAR-88/07


Photos

photo of CASA-C-212-Aviocar-200-N432CA
accident date: 08-05-1987
type: CASA C-212 Aviocar 200
registration: N432CA
 

Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from San Juan-Isla Grande Airport to Mayaguez-Eugenio M. de Hostos Airport as the crow flies is 112 km (70 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkís 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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