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Last updated: 30 November 2021
Date:Friday 31 July 1981
Time:ca 12:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Operator:Fuerza Aérea Panameña - FAP
Registration: FAP-205
MSN: 284
First flight: 1970
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:18 km (11.3 mls) S of Coclecito (   Panama)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Official state flight
Departure airport:Penonomé, Panama
Destination airport:Coclecito, Panama
The Twin Otter departed Rio Hato Airport at 10:44, bound for Penonomé. On board were Panama's president general Omar Torrijos and four of his aides. The aircraft arrived at 10:55 and departed again 45 minutes later for a short flight to Coclecito. Before reaching the destination the airplane flew into the side of Marta Mountain at an altitude of 3,400ft.

» Aviation Letter 178


photo of DHC-6-Twin-Otter-300-FAP-205
accident date: 31-07-1981
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
registration: FAP-205
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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