On December 20, 2000, about 1045 mountain standard time, a Cessna 402B, N908AB, registered to Pitts Aviation, Inc., and operated by TS Aviation, as a Costa Rican air taxi flight from Nosara, Costa Rica, to San Jose, Costa Rica, crashed while making a forced landing following loss of engine power shortly after takeoff from Nosara. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot and one passenger received serious injuries. Five passengers received minor injuries. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

Civil aviation authorities reported the flight had a loss of power in one engine during initial climb after takeoff, was unable to maintain altitude, and collided with trees. A post crash fire erupted.

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

Direccion General de Aviacion Civil APDO 6720 San Jose, Costa Rica Telephone: 506 232 1615

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

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