Date & Time: Dec 31, 2017 at 1216 LT
Type of aircraft:
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Charter (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
Punta Islita – San José
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Shortly after takeoff from Punta Islita Airport, the single engine aircraft went out of control and crashed in flames in a wooded area located few km from the airfield. The aircraft was totally destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and all 12 occupants were killed, among them 10 US citizens. On January 12, 2018, the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) was suspended by the Costa Rica’s aviation authority (Dirección General de Aviación Civil). It was reported that the Head of Training died in the accident and that several other key people were not available anymore.