15 Years ago today: On 4 January 2008 a Transaven Let L-410 crashed into the sea off Los Roques, Venezuela killing 14 occupants.
|Status:||Accident investigation report completed and information captured|
|Date:||Friday 4 January 2008|
|C/n / msn:||872015|
|Total airframe hrs:||6135|
|Engines:||2 Walter M-601E|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12|
|Total:||Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14|
|Aircraft fate:||Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||11 km (6.9 mls) S off Los Roques Airport (LRV) ( Venezuela)|
|Phase:||En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Caracas-Simón Bolívar International Airport (CCS/SVMI), Venezuela|
|Destination airport:||Los Roques Airport (LRV/SVRS), Venezuela|
A Let L-410UVP-E3, operated by Transaven, crashed into the sea off Los Roques Airport, Venezuela, killing all on board.
The flight had departed Caracas-Simón Bolívar International Airport at 09:13 on a flight to Los Roques.
At 09:38, while descending for Los Roques, the pilot radioed that both engines had failed. At that moment he was at 3000 feet, at 16 nm from the destination airport.
It is presumed that the pilot attempted to ditch in waters of the Los Roques archipelago since the aircraft was not able to reach the island.
The wreckage was not located until a new search operation was started in 2013 using the Sea Scout, a 134-foot survey vessel. The Venezuelan Attorney General reported on June 20, 2013 that the airplane had been successfully located six nautical miles off the coast of Los Roques, at a depth of about 3,200 feet (974 meters).
The final report did not contain a Probable Cause statement.