Date & Time: Aug 16, 2005 at 0300 LT
Type of aircraft:
McDonnell Douglas MD-82
Operator:
Registration:
HK-4374X
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
No
Site:
Plain
Schedule:
Panama City - Fort-de-France
MSN:
49484
YOM:
1986
Flight number:
YH708
Country:
Venezuela
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
8
Pax on board:
152
Pax fatalities:
152
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
160
Aircraft flight hours:
49494
Aircraft flight cycles:
24312
Circumstances:
While flying over western province of Zulia, Venezuela, crew reported engine problem. He tried to divert to Caracas but the remaining engine also failed few minutes later. The aircraft crashed in a mountainous terrain in the Sierra de Perija, killing all 160 people on board. It is the worst accident involving a MD-82 at this date. Both engines stopped due to icing. All 160 occupants were killed.