2008 Suriname plane crash
An Antonov An-28 similar to the crash aircraft
|Date||11:00, April 3, 2008|
|Site||Lawa Antino Airport,
|Aircraft type||Antonov An-28|
|Operator||Blue Wing Airlines
|Flight origin||Zorg en Hoop Airport,
|Stopover||Lawa Antino Airport,
ICAO code SMAN
|Destination||Lawa Antino Airport of Benzdorp in Suriname|
On Thursday, April 3, 2008, an Antonov An-28 operated by Blue Wing Airlines (registration PZ-TSO) crashed upon landing at the Lawa Antino Airport of Benzdorp in Suriname. The plane carried 17 passengers and a crew of 2, all of who died in the crash.
The crash occurred around 11:00 ART (14:00 UTC). Initial media reports indicate that the airplane had to abort the landing, as the runway was being used by another Bluewing AN-28 aircraft.  The airplane attempted a go-around, but failed to gain height and crashed into a mountain.
The pilot, Soeriani Jhauw-Verkuijl, was the wife of Blue Wing Airlines president Amichand Jhauw. Her brother and colleague was an eyewitness to the crash.
A Dutch national police forensic team was dispatched to assist in the identification of victims. While nine of the victims were identified in Suriname, the last ten were identified, using DNA analysis, by the Dutch forensic institute.
The Antino project sits on part of a rich gold deposit that has been mined since the 1880s. The carrier flies scheduled An-28 flights Monday through Saturday to Antino site 7, where there is a 600-metre gravel strip.
The plane had taken off from Zorg en Hoop Airport in Suriname's capital Paramaribo with seventeen passengers and two crew at 10:00 local time. Eleven were due to disembark at Lawa Antino airstrip, 10 km west of the southeastern gold mining town of Benzdorp, near the Lawa River bordering French Guiana, where they would work for telecommunications company Telesur.
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