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Last updated: 24 September 2020
Date:Thursday 4 December 2014
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:Tropic Air
Registration: V3-HHU
C/n / msn: 208B2025
First flight: 2008
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Belize City Municipal Airport (TZA) (   Belize)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:San Pedro Airport (SPR/MZSP), Belize
Destination airport:Belize City Municipal Airport (TZA), Belize
A Tropic Air Cessna 208 Caravan operating as Flight 281 experienced a runway overrun upon landing at the Belize City Municipal Airport (TZA) in Belize City and came to rest in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The right hand main gear collapsed as it ran into the water, causing the airplane to swing 180 degrees.
The airplane sustained substantial damage and the six occupants onboard were not injured. Weather may have been a factor in the accident.

The airplane had been delivered on November 19, 2014 after having been repaired by Aircraft Structures International Corp. following an accident in India. In May 2011 the aircraft, then registered VT-NES, suffered a runway excursion accident and fell into a ravine.

Runway excursion

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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 Pedro Airport to Belize City Municipal Airport as the crow flies is 51 km (32 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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