TACA Flight 390

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TACA Flight 390
TACA Flight 390.jpg
The wreckage of TACA Flight 390
DateMay 30, 2008
SummaryRunway overrun, pilot error
SiteToncontin International Airport, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
14°04′13″N 87°12′51″W / 14.0702°N 87.2141°W / 14.0702; -87.2141Coordinates: 14°04′13″N 87°12′51″W / 14.0702°N 87.2141°W / 14.0702; -87.2141
Total fatalities5 (including 2 on the ground)
Aircraft typeAirbus A320-233
OperatorGrupo TACA
Flight originEl Salvador International Airport
1st stopoverToncontin International Airport
2nd stopoverRamón Villeda Morales International Airport
DestinationMiami International Airport

TACA Flight 390 was a scheduled flight on May 30, 2008, by TACA Airlines from San Salvador, El Salvador, to Miami, Florida, United States, with intermediate stops at Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula in Honduras.[2] In this hull loss/fatalities accident, the Airbus A320-233 (registration EI-TAF, c/n 1374) overran the runway after landing at Tegucigalpa's Toncontín International Airport and rolled out into a street, crashing into an embankment and smashing several cars in the process.


Flight 390 departed from San Salvador at 9:05 local time. At 09:40, the flight landed on runway 02 at Toncontín International Airport. Although both thrust reversers were deployed and the spoilers were activated, the aircraft overshot the runway at a speed of 54 knots (62 mph; 100 km/h), crossed an embankment, and crashed into a road beside the airport.[3]


The flight crew included Salvadorans Captain Cesare Edoardo D'Antonio Mena and First Officer Juan Rodolfo Artero Arevalo.[4][5] All cabin crew members operating on the flight were Hondurans. The passengers consisted of:[6]

Nationality Passengers Crew Total
Honduras 60 5 65
Costa Rica 9 0 9
Argentina 8 0 8
Guatemala 7 0 7
United States 5 0 5
Nicaragua 3 0 3
El Salvador 3 1 4
Mexico 3 0 3
Brazil 2 0 2
Canada 2 0 2
Colombia 2 0 2
Spain 1 0 1
Georgia 1 0 1
Germany 1 0 1
Italy 1 0 1
Uriguay 1 0 1
Undetermined/not stated 14 0 14
Total 104 6 114

A list of passengers was provided in the fifth press release on the crash from TACA Airlines. This list was in the Spanish and English sections.[7]

Five people died as a result of the accident, including Captain D'Antonio. The deceased passengers were later confirmed as Jeanne Chantal Neele, wife of Brian Michael Fraser Neele (Brazil's ambassador to Honduras, who was also on board), and Nicaraguan businessman Harry Brautigam, president of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration; Brautigam died from a heart attack.[8] Ambassador Fraser Neele sustained injuries in the crash. The former head of the Honduran armed forces, General Daniel López Carballo, was also injured. There were two fatalities on the ground, one a taxi driver, in one of three vehicles crushed on the street by the aircraft. Mario Castillo, a survivor, said that the business class passengers sustained the most serious injuries.[1]


Honduran authorities delegated the investigation of the accident to the Civil Aviation Authority of El Salvador as per the Convention on International Civil Aviation.[9] The accident report stated that the airplane had landed with a 12-knot tailwind, 400 meters from the displaced approach end of the runway. Since this was the first intermediate stop on a long transcontinental flight, the aircraft was near its upper landing-weight limit (63.5t vs. 64.5t maximum allowable). In addition, the runway was wet, due to the passage of Tropical Storm Alma.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Honduras crash forces diversions". 2008-05-31. Retrieved 2019-09-13.
  2. ^ Flightstats for TA390 SAL-TGU-SAP-MIA (May 30, 2008) Archived September 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Ranter, Harro. "Accident description, Friday 30 May 2008, TACA International Airlines, EI-TAF". aviation-safety.net. Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  4. ^ dantonio.pdf Archived 2012-03-26 at the Wayback Machine Civil Aviation Authority (El Salvador). Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  5. ^ artero.pdf Archived 2012-03-26 at the Wayback Machine Civil Aviation Authority (El Salvador). Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  6. ^ TACA News Archived 2008-09-18 at the Wayback Machine TACA Airlines (September 18, 2008). Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  7. ^ Noticias GRUPO TACA BOLETÍN INFORMATIVO No. 5 [News TACA GROUP INFORMATIVE BULLETIN No. 5] (in Spanish) Archived June 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Five die as Honduras jet overshoots runway Archived 2012-03-24 at the Wayback Machine." CNN.
  9. ^ "Preliminary Report." (Archive) Civil Aviation Authority (El Salvador). Retrieved June 9, 2009.

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