Aeropostal Alas de Venezuela Flight 108
An Aeropostal McDonnell Douglas DC-9 similar to the one involved.
|Date||March 5, 1991|
|Site||near La Valesa, Venezuela|
|Aircraft type||McDonnell Douglas DC-9|
|Operator||Aeropostal Alas de Venezuela|
|Flight origin||La Chinita International Airport, Maracaibo, Venezuela|
|Destination||Santa Barbara Ed-L Delicias Airport, Venezuela|
Aeropostal Alas de Venezuela Flight 108 took off from La Chinita International Airport in Maracaibo, Venezuela, on March 5, 1991, on a short-haul flight to Santa Barbara Ed-L Delicias Airport in Venezuela with 45 passengers and crew. Some minutes later the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 crashed on the side of a foggy mountain near La Valesa in the La Aguada sector of the Páramo Los Torres and burst into flames. All 45 people on board died.
A investigation into the accident found that the cause of the crash was pilot error. The pilots inadvertently entered the wrong radial into their navigation system and went off course. Because of the fog the pilots did not know they were on a collision course with the mountain.
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