NTSB Identification: MIA03WA039
Accident occurred Saturday, January 04, 2003 in Carate, Costa Rica
Aircraft: Beech A-36, registration: N397TM
Injuries: 6 Uninjured.

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

On January 4, 2003, about 0830 central standard time, a Raytheon A-36, N397TM, registered to Luminaire, LLC., operating as a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight, crashed during takeoff climb in the vicinity of Carate, Costa Rica. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a visual flight rules flight plan had been filed. The aircraft sustained substantial damage, and the private-rated pilot and five passengers were not injured. The flight originated from the Carate Airport about 2 minutes before the accident.

According to a representative of the pilot, the flight encountered a down-draft condition right after takeoff, and combined with the heavy takeoff weight and hot ambient atmospheric conditions, the aircraft settled onto the terrain.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Costa Rica. This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by the Government of Costa Rica. Any further information can be obtained from:

Director General of Civil Aviation
San Jose, Costa Rica
Postal 5026
Telephone (011) 506-232-1265

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