Date & Time: Jan 29, 2015
Registration:
N214FW
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Private
Survivors:
No
MSN:
3008
YOM:
1983
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
3
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The aircraft left an airfield located somewhere in the State of Apure, Venezuela, apparently bound for the US with three people on board. While flying north of Punto Fijo, above the sea, the crew was contacted by ATC but failed to respond. Convinced it was an illegal flight, the Venezuelan authorities decided to send a fighter to intercept the Challenger that was shot down. Out of control, it dove into the Caribbean Sea and crashed off the coast of Aruba Island. All three occupants were killed and on site, more than 400 boxes containing cocaine were found.
Probable cause:
Illegal flight. Shot down by a Venezuelan fighter.