An Aerocon Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner en route from the Teniente Jorge Henrich Arauz Airport developed a problem as it caught fire upon landing at 4 p.m. at Riberalta Airport.
Three officials of the Governorate of Beni were aboard.
The Bolivian aircraft came to rest wheels up and was consumed by the fire.
Of the sixteen passengers and two crew, eight aboard sustained fatal injuries. The pilot and copilot survived but are in grave condition. Riberalta Hospital had previously reported eight dead and six wounded. The dead were significantly burned and will have to be identified through DNA.
The rainfall was heavy as the plane landed, and may have exacerbated the pilot’s difficulty.
Eight of the injured were taken to the hospital Riberalta while two took him to the clinic December 4. While the pilots were evacuated to the city of Guayaramerín and then transferred to Santa Cruz.
Weather about the time of the accident (16:00 LT / 20:00 Z):
SLRI 032100Z 19005KT 3000 -RA BKN004 FEW020CB OVC070 24/24 Q1009
SLRI 031900Z 15008KT 5000 VCSH BKN015 FEW020CB BKN200 28/23 Q1010
1.- Oscar Adrés Tacata Sossa
2.- Alejandra Azad Lazo
3.- Leslie Pérez Gil
4.- Zenón Peréz Ramírez
5.- Jenny Gutiérrez Farah
6.- Cecilia Tapia Salinas ( copiloto)
7.- Kevin Roca Alpire ( Piloto)
8.- Jorge Ernesto Morán Cruz
9.- Jackeline Ruiz Suárez
10.- Luis Alberto Suárez Velarde
1.- Fernando Chacón
2.- Daniel Ishita Guarena
3.- Herlan Rodríguez
4.- Rober Suárez Vargas
5.- Shirley Ojopi Carrillo
6.- Maria Georgia Saucedo
7.- Rosio Álvarez Azad (menor de seis años)
8.- Rodrigo Molina Peñaloza
On Jan 21, 2013 a Cessna 206 Stationair in San Germán Bolivia crashed while making an illegal flight and came off the airstrip. A drug lord named Roly Delgado was injured in the accident. Delgado had entered Santa Cruz with a different name. He is considered a dangerous drug lords in the area of ??San Germán and Nuevo Horizonte.
What: Servicio Aereo Elorza Cessna U206G Stationair 6 Where: San Joaquin, Beni Bolivia When: August 21, 2012 Who: 1 aboard, 2 fatalities, 1 injury Why: The festival commemorating the 303rd anniversary of the founding of San Joaquin was cancelled.
A small stunt plane was performing at the event doing cartwheels when the the pilot crashed into a house. The pilot was killed along with a woman in the house. Another person on the ground was injured. Witnesses said Two planes were performing cartwheels when one of them made a turn. the plane’s right wing hit the fence of the cemetery, hit some trees and crashed into the roof of a residence.
Pilot Ramón Bilbao Mayuve (45) was killed in the crash. The woman who died, Karina Angelica Robles (23) was in her house when it was struck by the aircraft. Sixteen year old Reich Guardia Sosa was seriously injured and hospitalized in the capital.
What: TAM Bolivia Xian MA-60 en route from Riberalta to Guayaramerin, Bolivia Where: Guayaramerin When: Jan 9th 2012 Who: 16 passengers, 5 crew Why: On landing, the plane’s landing gear would not lower. Pilots had to perform a belly landing in Guayaramerin. (In May 2011, the same plane had had a prior belly landing.)
Minor Vidal, the sole survivor was found in the Amazon jungle. Minor said “I did not eat anything, nothing, just drank my urine when I was thirsty. The first night I slept on the plane and two nights in the jungle. I did not understand why the plane was flying so low. Then there was a heavy blow. I do not remember more. When I awoke, I saw the airplane game, could not move. I stayed in my seat, I was in the back of the plane. The next day [Wednesday], I went and did my blood with an arrow on a shirt to get me. They were all dead. I walked day and night to be found by the patrol.”
Colombian Oscar Valencia, the William Lara Ecuador and Bolivian indigenous leader Eddy Martinez died in the crash. What: Aerocon Swearingen SA-227 Metroliner en route from Santa Cruz to Trinidad Bolivia Where: Trinidad When: Sep 6th 2011 Who: 7 passengers, 2 crew Why: On final approach to Trinidad, the pilots lost contact with ATC.
The instrument approach to the airport requires overflying North and then turning back. (See the airport chart below.)
The last contact was reporting the flight was “in the procedure turn” but the flight did not land on the runway, and went missing in a mountainous area.
Rescuers reached the crash site in the afternoon of Sept 8 and confirmed that there were survivors.
The wreckage of the plane was located 30km north-east of the city of Trinidad, in the Amazon jungle province of Beni. Chacon reported on thursday that a helicopter crew had seen the plane “completely destroyed” in a difficult-to-reach jungle region.
Six bodies were recoverable immediately when the wreckage was found. Two bodies trapped in the wreckage required rescue teams and equipment.
What: Aerocon Swearingen SA-227 Metroliner en route from Santa Cruz to Trinidad Bolivia Where: Trinidad When: Sep 6th 2011 Who: 7 passengers, 2 crew Why: On final approach to Trinidad, the pilots lost contact with ATC.
The instrument approach to the airport requires overflying North and then turning back.
The last contact was reporting the flight was “in the procedure turn” but the flight did not land on the runway, and is currently considered to be missing in a mountainous area.
What: Fuerza Aérea Boliviana Cessna T210 Turbo Centurion en route from El Alto International Airport in La Paz Where: Santa Elena River, Iquisiva Province, La Paz When: May 5 2011 Who: 6 aboard Why: The Bolivian Air Force plane piloted by the air force and carrying four United Nations workers was doing a fly-by and did not return at 2:30 as scheduled. The plane, which had been missing since May 5 and a search going on in Yungas (Coroico, La Asunta and Caranavi). The flight was located near the Santa Elena River, where it appears that it hit a tree during an emergency landing.
The passengers lost in the crash were Ivan Alfaro Santiago, Estephan Campos Ruiz, Mariela Romero Torreblanco and Patricia Delgado Rua, and the Cessna was being flown by Lt. Néstor Álvaro Ottich Arenas and Lt. José Javier Alegría Estrada.
What: AM Transporte Aereo Militar Xian MA-60 en route from La Paz to Rurrenabaque Where: Rurrenabaque Bolivia When: Mar 18th 2011 Who: 33 aboard Why: On landing at Rurrenabaque the landing gear failed to deploy. The flight performed a belly landing with no injuries reported. Minor damage on the plane. The gear problem may have been due to a hydraulic leak but the circumstances are under investigation.
What: AeroHorizontes Escuela de Vuelo Cessna 150G Where: Maica Area Chica, behind Jorge Wilstermann Airport, Cochabamba Bolivia When: August 27 2010 Who: Two fatalities: pilot/instructor José Gonzalo Grosveger Zegarra and passenger/student José Ignacio Guzmán Why: During this instruction flight, the student was practicing “touch and go” maneuvers when the plane crashed. The school’s operations could be suspended pending investigation.
What: Bolivian owned Sabreliner en route from La Paz to the southern city of Sucre Where: Jorge Wilstermann International Airport of Cochabamba When: Dec 23. 2009 Who: Bolivian President Evo Moarales Why: The plane made an unscheduled landing in Cochabamba in central Bolivia due to a failure in the hydraulics system. The 30 year old plane is planned to be replaced in 2011 by a $30 million dollar Russian Antonov BJ.
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What: Bolivian Air Force (FAB) LAMA FAB-746 Where: Molle Molle at 1520 on Thursday When: Thursday Oct 1 Who: Four officers killed; one wounded Why: The helicopter crashed into a wall in the village of Molle Molle. The survivor Yanarico Sergeant Johnson (24) is in critical condition at Viedma Hospital.
Victims: Lt. Col. Wilson Arnez Gonzales (46), the Edgar Antezana Victor Paz (38), officer Javier Rodriguez (48), Sergeant Juan Carlos Iza Arnostegui Colonel Lopez (34) (Venezuelan driver)
What: Bolivian Cessna 172 RG Where: “Agropecuaria Arco Iris” airstrip, north of Montero, Santa Cruz, Bolivia When: May 11, 2008 Who: 5 fatalities Why: While en route, the plane impacted a tree with its left’s wing and then the ground, where a fire ensued. The accident site was about 1,150 meters from an unlit runway of “Agropecuaria Arco Iris” airstrip, north of Montero, Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The pilot and the four passengers received fatal injuries; the airplane was destroyed. The flight originated from El Tromprillo Airport, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, at about 1808.
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