On March 7, 1997, about 0900 eastern standard time, a Britten-Norman BN2A-26, N851JA, registered to Golden West Saipan Ltd. and operated as Travelair of Costa Rica, collided with terrain while on a commuter flight to San Jose, Costa Rica; the departure point is unknown. The airplane was destroyed, the pilot received serious injuries and the six passengers received minor injuries. The pilot reported engine problems shortly before the crash. The aircraft crashed in a triple canopy jungle between the town of Guapiles and San Jose, Costa Rica.

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

Direccion General de Aviacion Civil Apartado 6720 San Jose, Costa Rica. Telephone: 506-232-1615 Fax-506-290-0086

This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by or obtained for the government of Costa Rica.

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