On 6 September 2011, Aerocon Flight 238, a Fairchild Metro III regional passenger aircraft on a service from Santa Cruz de la Sierra to Trinidad, Bolivia, crashed on approach to Trinidad, killing eight of the nine people on board.[1]

Aerocon Flight 238
A Fairchild Metro similar to the accident aircraft
Date6 September 2011 (2011-09-06)
SummaryUnder investigation [needs update]
SiteNear Teniente Jorge Henrich Arauz Airport, Trinidad, Bolivia
Aircraft typeFairchild SA227-BC Metro III
Flight originEl Trompillo Airport, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
DestinationTeniente Jorge Henrich Arauz Airport, Trinidad, Bolivia

Accident edit

The aircraft had taken off from El Trompillo Airport, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, for its hour-long, 380 kilometres (240 mi; 210 nmi) flight to Trinidad.

At about 19:00 local time (23:00 UTC) the aircraft was reported to be 19 kilometres (12 mi; 10 nmi) north of its destination when contact was lost. A search by the Bolivian Air Force was initiated. At around 12:30 local time on 8 September, the wreckage of the aircraft was spotted at a location 29 kilometres (18 mi; 16 nmi) north east of Trinidad Airport. Initial reports stated that there were no survivors.[1]

Helicopters reached the crash site at 16:40 local time and it was discovered that eight of the nine people on board the aircraft had been killed in the crash. The survivor was discovered at around 09:00 local time on 9 September, having walked away from the wreckage in search of help. He sustained a head wound and severe bruising but did not have any broken bones. He was airlifted to a hospital.[2]

A minute's silence was held in the Senate of Bolivia in memory of those who were killed.[3]

Aircraft edit

The aircraft involved was Fairchild SA227-BC Metro III, registration CP-2548, c/n BC-768B. The aircraft had first flown in 1992 and had served with several airlines before its sale to Aerocon in January 2009.[4]

Investigation edit

Bolivia's Directorate General of Civil Aviation opened an investigation into the accident. The cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder were recovered from the wreckage and sent to Brazil for analysis.[2]

It was reported that a required VOR radio beacon had been out of service since 20 August and that the crew was attempting a non-precision approach at the time of the accident.[2]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Bolivia jet wreckage found". BBC News. BBC News Online. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Hradecky, Simon (7 September 2011). "Crash: Aerocon SW4 at Trinidad on Sep 6th 2011, missing aircraft found destroyed, one survivor". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  3. ^ "EL AVIÓN QUEDÓ HECHO AÑICOS; HALLAN RESTOS DE 8 OCUPANTES" [THE AIRPLANE WAS IN PIECES; THEY FIND REMAINS OF 8 OCCUPANTS] (in Spanish). El Razón. Retrieved 9 September 2011.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "CP-2548 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 9 September 2011.