2008 Conviasa Boeing 737 crash

A Conviasa Boeing 737-291 Advanced (registered as YV102T) ferry flight from Maiquetia, Venezuela to Latacunga, Ecuador crashed into Illiniza Volcano. The aircraft had been stored at Caracas and was being ferried to a new owner. There were three crew on board with no passengers. There were no survivors.

ConViasa ferry flight
ConViasa 737-200 YV101T.jpg
YV101T, the sister ship to the aircraft involved
Date30 August 2008
SummaryControlled Flight Into Terrain due to pilot error
SiteIlliniza Volcano, Ecuador
0°39′34″S 78°42′49″W / 0.65944°S 78.71361°W / -0.65944; -78.71361Coordinates: 0°39′34″S 78°42′49″W / 0.65944°S 78.71361°W / -0.65944; -78.71361
Aircraft typeBoeing 737-291 Advanced
Flight originSimón Bolívar International Airport, Maiquetía, Venezuela
DestinationCotopaxi International Airport, Latacunga, Ecuador


The aircraft involved was originally delivered on July 6, 1978 to Frontier Airlines. It later was operated by United Airlines and Atlantic Airlines de Honduras before acquired to Conviasa.[1]

Investigation and final reportEdit

The accident was investigated by the Dirección General de Aviación Civil (DGAC) of Ecuador. The investigation spanned 622 days following the incident and the final report was released on May 14, 2010. The findings of the report were as follows (translated from Spanish):

"The Accident Investigation Board judges that the probable cause of this accident was non-observance by the flight crew of the technical procedures, configuration, speed and bank angle of the aircraft required to complete the initial turn of Instrument Approach Procedure Number 4 published in the Ecuador Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) for Latacunga airport, a failure that placed the aircraft outside of the protected area (published pattern), bringing it into high elevation mountainous terrain."

The report also listed the crew's ignorance of the area surrounding the approach path and lack of airline documentation and procedures governing the conduct of flights to non-scheduled and special airports.[2][3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "ConViasa YV102T (Boeing 737 – MSN 21545) (Ex HR-AUB N7394F N980UA )". Airfleets.net. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  2. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-291 YV102T Toacaso". Aviation Safety Network. Archived from the original on 23 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
  3. ^ "Resumen del informe del accidente del avion Boeing B737, ocurrido el 30 de Agosto de 2008 en las laderas del Volcan Illiniza Sur" (PDF). Dirección de Aviación Civil. Retrieved 2010-09-30.Alternate, Archive