On August 26, 2000, at an undetermined time, a Cessna 208B, HP1357, registered to Groupo TACA, operated by SANSA Aircraft as a domestic flight, crashed in the vicinity of La Fortuna, Costa Rica. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The airplane was destroyed. The airline transport pilot-in-command, commercial pilot co-pilot, and 8 passengers (5 Americans) were fatally injured. The flight originated from a private airport in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, at about 1205-mountain daylight time.

According to the DGAC, the pilot departed La Fortuna enroute to Tamarindo, Costa Rica. The airplane did not arrive at the destination airport. The airplane wreckage was located on the side of the Arenal volcano on August 27, 2000, in the vicinity of La Fortuna, Costa Rica.

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 Apartado Postal 5026 San Jose, Costa Rica Telephone (011) 506-232-1265

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