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Last updated: 20 February 2019
Date:Tuesday 10 January 2006
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Vista Liner 300
Operator:Nature Air
Registration: TI-BAF
C/n / msn: 337
First flight: 1972
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Puerto Jiménez Airport (PJM) (   Costa Rica)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Puerto Jimenez Airport (PJM/MRPJ), Costa Rica
Destination airport:San José-Tobias Bolanos International Airport (SYQ/MRPV), Costa Rica
Flightnumber: 114
The flight crew lost directional control, about 100 meters after commencing takeoff from runway 34 at Puerto Jiménez Airport, Costa Rica. The aircraft veered off the left hand side of the runway and collided with obstacles and terrain. The right hand wing separated completely.

Probable Cause:

Contributing factors:
- Lack of real teamwork on the part of the captain of the aircraft.
- Lack of vigilance on the part of the operator's administration and the DGAC.
- Tiredness, fatigue and demotivation
- Failure in the effective application of operational procedures due to loss of situational awareness and lack of concentration by both crew members.

Runway excursion

» Boletín Informativo 2006 / DGAC, Unidad de Investigación de Accidentes


photo of de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 CF-DHA
CF-DHA operated for DHC for over two years before being delivered to Japan. It moved to the 1982 where it was converted to a Vista Liner with bigger windows. NatureAir bought the plane in 2005.
photo of de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Vista Liner 300 N331SA
N331SA was sold to Costa Rica as TI-BAF in 2005
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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 Puerto Jimenez Airport to San José-Tobias Bolanos International Airport as the crow flies is 182 km (114 miles).

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