On September 14, 2000, about 1100 eastern daylight time, an Aerocommander 580, Panamanian registration HC-BUD, operating as a DHL on demand cargo flight from Panama City, Panama, to Quito, Equador, collided with terrain when control was lost during takeoff from Tocumen International Airport, Panama City. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The airplane was substantially damaged. The pilot and first officer reported no injuries. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

It was reported that the right main tire failed on takeoff from runway 21 and the pilot lost control of the airplane and departed the runway colliding with terrain and collapsing the right main landing gear.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government of Panama. This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by the government of Panama. Any further information may be obtained from:

Director General of Civil Aviation Apartado 7501 y 7615 Panama 5, Panama (011) 507-226-1245

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