Preliminary Accident Reports

October 2004 Issue

July 02, 2004, Tocumen, Panama / Israel Aircraft Industries 1124

The U.S.-registered Westwind jet was operating as a Part 135 air ambulance flight when it crashed into a building after departing from Tocumen International Airport (MPTY), Tocumen, Panama, at 1338 Eastern time. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and post-crash fire; all six occupants on the airplane were fatally injured and a seventh person was fatally injured on the ground. Visual conditions prevailed and an IFR flight plan had been filed. The flight originated in Quito, Ecuador, and stopped in Tocumen for fuel. The flight was destined for Milan, Italy, via another fuel and crew-change stop at the Dulles International Airport. According to the Panama Autoridad Aeronautica Civil, t...

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