NTSB Identification: ATL01WA015
Accident occurred Sunday, December 10, 2000 in ALAJ UELA, Costa Rica
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-160, registration: N5306W
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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

On December 10, 2000, at 2224 central standard time, a Piper PA-28-160, N5306W, was destroyed when it collided with the ground following a loss of engine power near Alaj Uela, Costa Rica. The private pilot and one passenger were fatally injured. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an international instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight which originated from the Philip S. W. Goldston International Airport in Belize City, Belize, about 1915.

According to Investigator-in-Charge (IIC) of the accident, the pilot reported having mechanical difficulties with the airplane moments prior to the accident. The airplane impacted the ground and came to rest 3.4 nautical miles northwest of the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that "the fuel cells, fuel line, gascolator, and the carburetor bowl were totally dry."

The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Government of Costa Rica. Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Republica de Costa Rica Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transportes Direccion General de Aviacion Civil Apartado 5026-1000 San Jose, Costa Rica This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by or obtained from the Government of Costa Rica.

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