Aeropostal Alas de Venezuela Flight 108

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Aeropostal Alas de Venezuela Flight 108
An Aeropostal McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 similar to the one involved.
Accident summary
Date March 5, 1991
Summary Pilot error
Site near La Valesa, Venezuela
Passengers 40
Crew 5
Injuries (non-fatal) 0
Fatalities 45 (all)
Survivors 0
Aircraft type McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
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-9-32 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.

Cause[edit]

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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