On January 10, 2006, at 1145 central standard time, a twin-engine DeHavilland DHC-6 airplane, was substantially damaged upon collision with trees and terrain following a loss of directional control during the takeoff roll on runway 34 at the Puerto Jimenez Airport near Puerto Jimenez, in the Republic of Costa Rica. The two commercial pilots and 10 passengers were not injured, while one passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane, serial number 337, was owned and operated by Nature Air S.A., of San Jose, Costa Rica. The domestic air taxi flight was originating at the time of the accident, with the Tobias Bolanos Airport, near Pavas, Costa Rica as its intended destination.

Local authorities reported that the left wing and engine separated from the airframe following a collision with a power post. There was no fire.

The accident investigation is under the control and jurisdiction of the Government of the Republic of Costa Rica. Additional information may be obtained from:

Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transportes
Direccion General de Aviacion Civil (DGAC)
Apartado Postal 5026
San Jose, Costa Rica

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

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