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Accident description
Last updated: 13 December 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Friday 17 November 2017
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-HGX
C/n / msn: 208B-1162
First flight: 2005
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Placencia Airport (   Belize)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:Placencia Airport (PLJ), Belize
Destination airport:Punta Gorda Airport (PND), Belize
Narrative:
A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan was taking off from Placencia Airport in Belize when the undercarriage hit a Subaru SUV on road just outside the airport. The aircraft could not gain altitude and impacted the water. All aboard were able to get out safely.
On board at the time of the accident were Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber and Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse, who were on their way to the official launch of the PG Multipurpose Complex.

The runway at Placencia has a length of about 620 meters. Plancencia Road runs around the eastern runway end. Warning signs say vehicles must stop and give way to aircraft landing and taking off.

Sources:
» channel5belize.com


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Distance from Placencia Airport to Punta Gorda Airport as the crow flies is 68 km (42 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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