NTSB Identification: MIA98WA106
Accident occurred Monday, March 23, 1998 in TOQUI, Venezuela
Aircraft: Cessna T207A, registration: N2557P
Injuries: 5 Fatal.

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

On March 23, 1998, about 1206 eastern standard time, a Cessna T207A, registration YV-2557P, registered to Mision Nuevas Tribas, crashed into a mountain near Toqui, Venezuela. Weather conditions at the crash site are unknown and company flight following was in effect. The airplane was presumed to be destroyed and the pilot and four passengers were fatally injured. The flight originated about 6 minutes earlier from a grass airstrip at Toqui, Venezuela.

According to the operator, company personnel maintain flight following with the airplane via HF radio. Before departure, the pilot was aware of reduced flight visibility near the crash site due to a fire burning near Brazilian/Venezuelan border. The flight departed and after takeoff the pilot advised his wife via the HF radio that the flight was airborne. There was no further radio communication with the aircraft. A search was initiated by company personnel when the airplane failed to arrive, and the airplane was visually sighted the following day after being aided by the ELT. The pilot and a 15-year old boy who were U.S. citizens were on board, as well as two Canadian nationals and a Venezuelan national.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government of Venezuela. Any further information pertaining to the accident may be obtained from:

Direccion De Aeronautica Civil Oficina De Inspectoria Aeronautica Parque Central Torre Este, Piso 34 Caracas 1010 Phone: (011 582 509 2403) Facsimile: (011 582 509 2425)

This report is for information purposes only and contains only information obtained for or released by the Venezuelan Government.

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