NTSB Identification: DFW06WA049
Accident occurred Friday, December 16, 2005 in Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Aircraft: de Havilland DHC-6-300, registration:
Injuries: 3 Serious,5 Minor.

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

On December 16, 2005, at 1145 central standard time, a twin-engine DeHavilland DHC-6-300 airplane, Costa Rican registration TI-AZQ, was destroyed upon impact with trees and terrain following a loss of control while on final approach to the Tamarindo Airport (MRTN) near Tamarindo, Province of Guanacaste, in the Republic of Costa Rica. The captain and 2 passengers received serious injuries, while the first officer and 4 passengers received minor injuries. The airplane was owned by Travelair S.A, and was being operated as Nature Air, of Pavas, Costa Rica. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the scheduled air-taxi flight that originated from the Tobias Bolanos Airport, near Pavas, Costa Rica at approximately 1100. A visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the revenue flight which was destined to Liberia, with an intermediate stop at Tamarindo.

Local authorities reported that the airplane was observed to enter a pronounced pitch-up attitude while on final approach for the airport. The airplane subsequently pitched nose-down and impacted matured trees short of the airport. There was no fire.

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

Republica de Costa Rica
Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transportes
Direccion General de Aviacion Civil (DGAC)
Apartado Postal 5026
San Jose, Costa Rica

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by, or obtained from the DGAC of Costa Rica.

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