ASN Aircraft accident Cessna 208 Caravan I TG-JCS La Puente, Cabañas, Zacapa
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Sunday 24 August 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208 Caravan I
Operator:Aéreo Ruta Maya
Registration: TG-JCS
MSN: 20800327
First flight:
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 14
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near La Puente, Cabañas, Zacapa (   Guatemala)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport (GUA/MGGT), Guatemala
Destination airport:El Estor Airport, Guatemala
A Cessna 208 Caravan I operated by Aéreo Ruta Maya was destroyed in an accident near Cabañas, Zacapa, Guatemala. Three of the fourteen occupants survived the accident.
The airplane had taken off from Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport (GUA) at 09:23 and was heading for El Estor. Some 18 minutes into the flight the pilot declared an emergency, stating they were 38 miles from La Aurora. The airplane could not maintain altitude and impacted terrain during an attempted forced landing. A post impact fire broke out.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE (translated from Spanish):
The sudden engine failure during flight, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing, the aircraft impacting unsuitable terrain at a descent angle. The engine power loss was caused by the fracture of more than one compressor turbine blade, the impact of the blades in the inner parts general causing damage on the internal mechanism of the turbine station. The gas generator was rotating at low speed with the propeller feathered on the first impact with the ground.
The high concentration of fire in the compressor section and in the combustion chamber, possibly indicate that several attempts were made on the engine to cause the compressor to continue working after losing the blades.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: SVIA Guatemala
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 years and 6 months
Accident number: SVIA-12-2008
Download report: Final report


Forced landing outside airport

» Ocho muertos en accidente aéreo en Zacapa (Prensa Libre, 24-8-2008)


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Distance from Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport to El Estor Airport as the crow flies is 161 km (101 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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