SANSA Flight 32
A CASA/IPTN NC-212 similar to the accident aircraft
|Date||January 15, 1990|
|Summary||Controlled Flight Into Terrain|
|Site||Cerro Cedral, Costa Rica|
|Aircraft type||CASA C-212 Aviocar|
|Flight origin||Juan Santamaria International Airport|
|Destination||Palmar Sur Airport|
SANSA Flight 32, a CASA C-212 Aviocar on its way to Palmar Sur Airport crashed into the Cerro Cedral, a mountain in Costa Rica after takeoff from Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose. All 20 passengers and 3 crew on board died in the crash. Pilot fatigue was determined to be the cause. At the time, it was the worst accident involving a CASA C-212 Aviocar at the time and is currently the fifth worst accident. It is also currently the second worst accident in Costa Rica.
SANSA Flight 32 took off from Juan Santamaria International Airport at 08:25 local time and was cleared to climb to 5500 feet. Soon after the crew received another instruction to climb to 8500 feet. Midway through the climb, the aircraft flew into Cerro Cedral at 7200 feet, killing all on board.
The investigation found that the main cause of the accident was the failure to comply with the proposed flight plan discussed with air traffic control, which would have led the aircraft to be flying under IMC conditions instead of VFR ones. Supporting factors include the lack of a Ground Position Warning System, pilot fatigue and a lack of a flight safety program in SANSA.