On December 16, 1998, about 0730 central standard time, a Piper PA-31-310, El Salvador registration, YS-14-C, registered to and operated by Transportes Aereos De El Salvador, collided with terrain while approaching to land at Toncontin Airport, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The aircraft was destroyed and the El Salvador commercial-rated pilot and second pilot were fatally injured. The flight originated from Guatemala City, Guatemala, the same day, about 0610.

The flight had been cleared for the VOR/DME runway 01 approach. The flight last reported crossing the 5 DME fix inbound on the approach to the VOR. The aircraft wreckage was located on the approach course at about the 6.5 DME position, at an elevation of 5,325 feet. The minimum altitude for the approach at the crash site is 6,700 feet. After crossing the 5 DME fix, a flight can descend to 5,200 feet.

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

Direccion General De Aeronautica Civil Apartado Postal No. 30145 Tegucigalpa, M.D.C. Honduras, C. A. Telephone: 504-233-8357 Facsimile: 504-233-3683

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information obtained for or released by the Government of Honduras.

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