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Last updated: 18 October 2021
Date:Monday 23 July 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic ARVA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
IAI Arava 201
Operator:Guardia Nacional Bolivariana de Venezuela - GNBV
Registration: GN7953
MSN: 051
First flight: 1978
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Matthew's Ridge Airport (MWJ) (   Guyana)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Ciudad Bolívar Airport (CBL/SVCB), Venezuela
Destination airport:Santa Elena Airport (SNV/SVSE), Venezuela
The aircraft became lost and crashed in a ravine during attempted forced landing at Mathews Ridge Airstrip in Guyana

Forced landing outside airport

» Organizacion Rescate Humboldt
» The Virgin Islands Daily News - Jul 24, 1979


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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 Ciudad Bolívar Airport to Santa Elena Airport as the crow flies is 474 km (296 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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