NTSB Identification: MIA96WA098
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 13, 1996 in PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela
Aircraft: CESSNA 402B, registration:
Injuries: 8 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On March 13, 1996, about 0815 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 402B, P4AVB, registered to Avia Air (Netherlands Antilles), operating as a scheduled passenger flight crashed about 16 nautical miles north of Las Piedras Airport, Punto Fijo, Venezuela. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a VFR flight plan was filed. The commercial pilot and seven passengers were fatally injured. The flight originated from Reina Beatrix Airport, Aruba, about 20 minutes before the accident.

Another pilot from the same company departed Reina Beatrix Airport behind the accident airplane. While en route the pilot of P4AVB contacted the other pilot and stated he was having a mechanical problem with the left engine. A short time later he reported a left engine fire, which was visually verified by the other pilot. An outboard section of the left wing and the left engine separated from the airplane, and the airplane crashed north of the Las Piedras Airport.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Venezuela, and was delegated to the Government of Aruba. One American citizen was fatally injured. This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by the Government of Aruba. Any further information may be obtained from:

Director of Civil Aviation Aruba Sabana Berde 73B Aruba Telephone: 011-297-8-3-2665

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