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Last updated: 23 May 2019
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Date:Sunday 30 July 1995
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:La Costeña
Registration: YN-CED
C/n / msn: 208B0341
First flight: 1993
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport (VVC) (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Managua-Augusto C Sandino Airport (MGA/MNMG), Nicaragua
Destination airport:Bluefield-Mercer County Airport, WV (BLF/KBLF), United States of America
Narrative:
A Cessna Caravan was hijacked by suspected drug traffickers while en route from Managua to Bluefields, Nicaragua. On August 1, the body of the pilot was discovered in Zipaquira, Colombia. He had reportedly been shot twice in the head and once in the back. The plane, a Cessna Caravan, had reportedly been chartered in the name of a fictitious environmental organization. Nicaraguan authorities suspect that the hijacked aircraft was intended to be used for narcotics trafficking operations.
In August the airplane was found by Colombian police in a hangar at Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport. The aircraft had been repainted and new registration marks had been applied: HK-3539.
This registration is also said to have been used on a Frontera Colombia Cessna 208A (msn 208-00165).

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) escaped

Sources:
» El Tiempo, August 12, 1995
» Sentencia nº de Tribunal Administrativo de Cundinamarca - Sección tercera, de 20 de Noviembre de 2003
» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1995 / U.S. Department of Transport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Managua-Augusto C Sandino Airport to Bluefield-Mercer County Airport, WV as the crow flies is 2825 km (1766 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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