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Last updated: 3 August 2020
Status:Offizieller Zwischenbericht
Datum:Freitag 27 Dezember 2002
Zeit:ca 18:00
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Fluggesellschaft:Tropic Air
Kennzeichen: V3-HGH
Werknummer: 208B0930
Baujahr: 2002
Triebwerk: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 13
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 14
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Repaired
Unfallort:vom Land entfernt von San Pedro Airport (SPR) (   Belize)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Belize City-Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE/MZBZ), Belize
Flug nach:San Pedro Airport (SPR/MZSP), Belize
The Caravan departed Belize City for an IFR flight to San Pedro (SPR). The fight approached runway 06/24 amidst rain showers. About 2.5 miles away from the runway threshold, at an altitude of about 400 feet the pilot started reducing power to maintain a speed of 120 knots for flap deployment, when suddenly there was an indication of a 1,000 feet per minute descent rate on the VSI. The pilot increased power to initiate a climb, however the airplane continued to descend and impacted the water.
The Caravan was a brand new model, delivered February 2002.

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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 Belize City-Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport to San Pedro Airport as the crow flies is 55 km (34 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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