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Accident description
Last updated: 21 July 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Tuesday 4 July 2017
Time:13:43
Type:Silhouette image of generic GLF3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Gulfstream Aerospace G-1159A Gulfstream III
Operator:SATA-Serv. Coord. de Transp. Aéreo del Ejecutivo Nac'l
Registration: YV2896
C/n / msn: 469
First flight: 1986
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:50 km (31.3 mls) WNW off Macanao (   Venezuela)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Official state flight
Departure airport:Porlamar-del Caribe Santiago Mariño International Airport (PMV/SVMG), Venezuela
Destination airport:Caracas-Simón Bolívar International Airport (CCS/SVMI), Venezuela
Narrative:
A Gulfstream III corporate jet, operated by Venezuelan government agency SATA crashed into the sea off Macanao, Venezuela.
ONSA Venezuela, the maritime SAR agency, stated that, according to preliminary information, the flight reported a hydraulic failure and control difficulties while 40 Nautical Miles from the Porlamar Airport. In less than three minutes the crew reported being at 3000 feet, preparing to ditch.
The following day two bodies were retrieved from the water. Seven other occupants are still missing, though believed to have been killed in the accident.

Sources:
» ONSA


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Distance from Porlamar-del Caribe Santiago Mariño International Airport to Caracas-Simón Bolívar International Airport as the crow flies is 330 km (206 miles).

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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