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Datum:Montag 15 Januar 1990
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C212 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
CASA C-212 Aviocar 200
Fluggesellschaft:Servicios Aéreos Nacionales - SANSA
Kennzeichen: TI-SAB
Werknummer: 163
Baujahr: 1980-05-06 (9 years 9 months)
Anzahl Zyklen der Zelle:7217
Triebwerk: 2 Garrett TPE331-10-511C
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 20 / Insassen: 20
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 23 / Insassen: 23
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:16 km (10 Meilen) SSE of San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) (   Costa Rica)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO/MROC), Costa Rica
Flug nach:Palmar Sur Airport (PMZ/MRPM), Costa Rica
Flugnummer: 32
A CASA C-212 Aviocar was destroyed when it flew into the side of a mountain at an elevation of 2200 m while on a domestic Costa Rican flight from San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) to Palmar Sur Airport (PMZ). All three crew members and twenty passengers were killed in the accident.
SANSA Flight 32 received clearance for a runway 07 departure at 08:23. The controller reported winds from 100 degrees at 30 knots and cleared the flight to climb to 5500 feet after takeoff. The CASA took off at 08:25 and climbed towards a mountainous area, shrouded by clouds. Immediately after takeoff the crew received clearance to climb to 8500 feet. The airplane continued to climb but flew into the side of a wooded mountainside at an elevation of 2200 m (7200 feet).

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "La Comison Investigadora determino que la cause probable del accidente fue el no haber cumplido con el plan de vuelo propuesto inicialmente al Control de Transito Aereo y haber continuado volando con rumbo que llevaria a la aeronave a entrar en condiciones IMC, mientras se volaba bajo reglas de vuelo VFR; sin haber previsto los minimos de seguridad para las condiciones que prevalecian en el lugar por el cual se conducia el vuelo. Actuacion que pudo ser influenciada por la fatiga y desmotivacion.
Contribuyeron al accidente la deficiente administracion de operaciones y la carencia de un programa de seguridad de vuelo por parte del operador."

» ICAO Circular 263-AN/157 (1-46)


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Distance from San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport to Palmar Sur Airport as the crow flies is 141 km (88 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the 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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