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Accident description
Last updated: 24 March 2018
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Thursday 15 March 2012
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-340
Operator:Jet One Express
Registration: N153JR
C/n / msn: 117
First flight: 1953
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) E of San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) (   Puerto Rico)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU/TJSJ), Puerto Rico
Destination airport:Sint Maarten-Juliana Airport (SXM/TNCM), Sint Maarten
A Convair CV-340 cargo plane crashed shortly after departure from San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), Puerto Rico. Both pilots were killed.
The airplane took off from runway 10 at San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport bound for Sint Maarten-Juliana Airport (SXM). It carried 12059 pounds of cargo mainly consisting of bread. Shortly after takeoff the crew declared an emergency, stating that they wanted to return to the airport. They reported smoke coming from one of the engines. Air traffic control cleared the flight to land on runway 10, but the crew requested runway 28 for landing. This was approved and the controller cleared N153JR to land, stating that the wind was "150 at 3".
The flight came down in the Torrecilla Lagoon on the east side of the airport. It sank in 30-50 feet of water.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 11 months
Accident number: DCA12FA051
Download report: Summary report

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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 San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport to Sint Maarten-Juliana Airport as the crow flies is 307 km (192 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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