Alas Chiricanas

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Alas Chiricanas
Commenced operations 1980
Ceased operations 1995
Fleet size See Fleet

Alas Chiricanas (Spanish: Chiriquí Wings) was a commuter airline based in Panama, which was operational from 1980 to 1995.[1]


Their fleet contained Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante, although they also operated the Dash 7 in fierce competition with Aeroperlas, a regional airline from Panama.


In 1994, Alas Chiricanas Flight 00901 exploded while en route from Colón, Panama to Panama City. All 18 passengers and three crew were killed. The explosion was caused by a bomb. The militant Islamic group Hezbollah was suspected of masterminding the attack, even though Panama had no connection with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.[citation needed] Narrative:

The aircraft is said to have crashed on a wooded hillside following an in-flight explosion. Twelve Jewish businessmen were among the passengers. [2]

After the accident company went out of business, Aeroperlas absorbed part of the fleet.