On March 9, 2005, at 1720 central standard time, a Cessna 208B single-engine airplane, Belizean registration V3-HFW, was substantially damage during a loss of control following an in-flight encounter with weather during initial takeoff climb from the Belize Municipal Airport near Belize City, Belize. The airplane, operating as Tropic Air flight 2110, was owned and operated by Tropic Air of Belize City, Belize. One passenger was seriously injured, 7 passengers sustained minor injuries, and the pilot and 5 other passengers escaped without injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan was filed for the scheduled domestic passenger flight. The 25-minute flight, which was intended for San Pedro, was originating at the time of the accident.

Civil aviation authorities reported scattered thunderstorms in the area at the time of the accident. The operator reported that 10,000-hour commercial pilot airplane encountered a microburst immediately after breaking ground from the 1,800 foot asphalt runway. The airplane impacted the water in a left wing low attitude and sank in 6-feet of water.

The accident investigation is under the control and jurisdiction of the Government of Belize. Further information may be obtained from:

Department of Civil Aviation
Belize International Airport
Post Office Box 367
Belize City, Belize

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

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