14 Years ago today: On 4 January 2008 a Transaven Let L-410 crashed into the sea off Los Roques, Venezuela killing 14 occupants.
|Date:||Friday 4 January 2008|
|Engines:||2 Walter M-601E|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12|
|Total:||Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14|
|Aircraft damage:||Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||11 km (6.9 mls) S off Los Roques Airport (LRV) ( Venezuela)|
|Phase:||En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Caracas-Simón Bolívar International Airport (CCS/SVMI), Venezuela|
|Destination airport:||Los Roques Airport (LRV/SVRS), Venezuela|
While descending for Los Roques, the pilot radioed that both engines had failed. At that moment he was at 3000 feet, 64 nm from Caracas on the 024 degrees radial. It seems the pilot attempted to ditch in the Los Roques archipelago.
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).