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Last updated: 16 January 2022
Date:Wednesday 31 December 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander
Registration: HP-986PS
MSN: 178
First flight: 1970-05-06 (27 years 8 months)
Engines: 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:6,5 km (4.1 mls) from Rio Sidra Airport (RSI) (   Panama)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Panama City (unknown airport), Panama
Destination airport:Rio Sidra Airport (RSI), Panama
Crashed in a dense jungle area. Weather was poor with reports of heavy fog in the area.

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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
06 MAY 1970 G-51-178 first flight
06 MAY 1970 N859JA Jonas Aircraft & Arms Co. Inc.
N859JA Islander Aircraft Sales
N103NA Munz Northern Airlines
N403NA Munz Northern Airlines
HP-986 Parsa S. A.
HP-986PS Air Panama
HP-986PS RAESA Aeronauticas S. A.
HP-986XI Aero Taxi Internacional
HP-986PS Parsa S. A.

» source: Werner Fischdick

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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