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Last updated: 29 November 2021
Date:Saturday 20 August 1977
Type:Convair CV-880-22-2
Operator:Monarch Aviation
Registration: N8817E
MSN: 22-00-65
First flight: 1962
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2,5 km (1.6 mls) SE of San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) (   Costa Rica)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO/MROC), Costa Rica
Destination airport:Caracas-Maiquetía Airport (CCS/SVMI), Venezuela
The aircraft struck trees 2 minutes and 20 seconds after takeoff from runway 25, crashed and caught fire.
Probable Cause: Aircraft overweight.

» La Nacion - Aug 21, 1977


photo of Convair-CV-880-22-2-N8817E
accident date: 20-08-1977
type: Convair CV-880-22-2
registration: N8817E

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport to Caracas-Maiquetía Airport as the crow flies is 1875 km (1172 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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