NTSB Identification: WAS01RA005
Accident occurred Friday, May 04, 2001 in COBAN, Guatemala
Aircraft: Cessna 182J, registration:
Injuries: 5 Fatal.

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

On May 4, 2001, at 0910 central standard time, a Cessna 182J, Guatemalan registration TG-CEG, was destroyed upon collision with terrain while maneuvering near Coban, District of Alto Verapaz, in the Republic of Guatemala. The commercial pilot and the 4 passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was owned and operated by a private individual as an on-demand air taxi operator.
Instrument meteorological conditions for the cross-country flight for which a flight plan was not filed. The flight, which was destined for an airstrip near Playa Grande, departed from the Coban Airport at 0850 local.

According to local authorities, the flight visibility in the mountainous region near the accident site, is severely restricted by haze and smoke from the burning of agricultural fields this time of the year. The airplane impacted trees and terrain within a narrow box canyon, at an elevation of approximately 2,000 feet msl. There was no fire.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Government of the the Republic of Guatemala. Any further information may be obtained from:

Direccion General de Aviacion Civil (DGAC)
Aeropuerto Internacional "La Aurora"
Zona 13
Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
Centro America

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by , or obtain from the Government of the Republic of Guatemala.

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