2008 Aéreo Ruta Maya crash

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2008 Aéreo Ruta Maya crash
Accident summary
Date 2008-08-24
Summary Engine failure in midair
Site Near Cabañas, Zacapa, 115 km east of Guatemala City
Passengers 12
Crew 2
Fatalities 11 (incl. pilot and copilot)
Injuries (non-fatal) 3
Survivors 3 passengers
Aircraft type Cessna Caravan 208
Operator Aéreo Ruta Maya
Registration TG-JCS
Flight origin La Aurora International Airport
Destination El Estor

On August 24, 2008, an Aéreo Ruta Maya Cessna Caravan 208 carrying 10 American aid workers, two Guatemalan aid agency representatives, pilot and copilot en route from La Aurora International Airport, Guatemala City to El Estor, crashed 45 minutes after take off. The crash killed all occupants but three aid workers. The source of the crash was engine failure, as was called in by the pilot, who attempted to make an emergency landing according to the Guatemalan civil aviation director Jose Carlos. The aid workers were members of Choice Humanitarian, a West Jordan, Utah based humanitarian group on their way to the village of Sepamac.

Crash Casualties and Survivors[edit]


  • April Marie Jensen and daughter Sarah Jensen (19).
  • Dan Liljenquist (president and chief operating officer of Focus Services of Roy, Utah a company that handles customer service calls for other companies).


  • Pilot Monica Bonilla and co-pilot Fernando Estrada.
  • Guatemalan CHOICE Humanitarian representatives; Javier Rabanales and Walfred de Rabanales.
  • Liz Johnson, (wife of CHOICE Humanitarian Chief Executive, Chris Johnson).
  • Roger Jensen (48), maintenance manager of Smyth Companies and son, Zachary, (from Amery, Wisconsin).
  • Four employees of Focus Services company, two from Utah and two from another call center in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
    • Cody Odekirk.
    • John Carter.
    • Jeff Reppe.
    • Lydia Silvia.


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