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Date:Friday 5 May 2006
Time:ca 15:35
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: GN-8168
MSN: 071
First flight: 1981
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:29 km (18.1 mls) SW of Caracas (   Venezuela)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Puerto Ayacucho Airport (PYH/SVPA), Venezuela
Destination airport:Caracas-Simón Bolívar International Airport (CCS/SVMI), Venezuela
An IAI Arava of the Venzuelan National Guard departed Puerto Ayacucho at 13:25 on a flight to Caracas. At 15:35 the crew reported that they were descending from 6700 to 5000 feet while almost 30 km from the airport. The wreckage was found in the morning of May 7.

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Distance from Puerto Ayacucho Airport to Caracas-Simón Bolívar International Airport as the crow flies is 555 km (347 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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