Transportes Aéreos Nacionales
|Ceased operations||1 November 1991Sahsa)(merged with|
Transportes Aéreos Nacionales SA, also known as TAN Airlines, was a Honduran airline, headquartered at the Edificio TAN in Tegucigalpa. The carrier was set up in 1947 and merged into Sahsa in November 1991 .
The airline was formed in 1947 by private investors to operate cargo flights by contract. In 1950, the company started scheduled passenger and cargo services. At March 1960C-46s serving a route network that was 1,180 miles (1,900 km) long. In 1967, TAN and LANICA agreed to operate LANICA's single BAC One-Eleven 400 on a joint basis; the joint operation of the aircraft started on 19 October 1967 ., the fleet consisted of three
In February 1970Pan Am's 38% holding in Sahsa. An ex-Pluna Boeing 737-200 was incorporated into the fleet in May 1974 . The aircraft was part of the fleet by March 1975 , along with one DC-6B and two Electras; at this time, the airline had 400 employees., TAN acquired
Transportes Aéreos Nacionales served the following destinations all through its history:
- La Ceiba – Golosón International Airport
- San Pedro Sula – Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport
- Tegucigalpa – Toncontín International Airport
- United States
- Miami – Miami International Airport
Accidents and incidents
As of March 2012[update], Aviation Safety Network recorded six accidents or incidents for Transportes Aéreos Nacionales, totalling at least 138 fatalities. The worst accident in the airline's history occurred in October 1989 , when a Boeing 727 crashed on approach to Toncontín Airport in Tegucigalpa, killing 131 of 146 occupants of the aircraft. As of September 2013[update], the accident remains the deadliest one to occur on Honduran soil. Following is a list of accidents/incidents experienced by the carrier; the list includes events in which there were fatalities, the aircraft involved resulted damaged beyond repair, or both.
|Date||Location||Aircraft||Tail number||Aircraft damage||Fatalities||Description||Refs|
|27 August 1948||Unknown||Douglas C-47-DL||TI-107||W/O||Unknown||Disappeared.|||
|6 January 1962||Belize City||Curtiss C-46A||HR-TNB||W/O||1/2||Failed to gain height following takeoff from Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport because of overloading.|||
|30 June 1966||Tegucigalpa||Douglas DC-6||HR-TNG||W/O||0/3||Skidded off the runway on landing at Toncontín Airport.|||
|27 January 1973||Off Tegucigalpa||Douglas DC-6A||HR-TNO||W/O||3/3||The aircraft was completing a Miami–Tegucigalpa cargo service when it crashed 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) north of Tegucigalpa, on approach to Tocontín Airport, catching fire.|||
|21 October 1989||Tegucigalpa||Boeing 727-200||N88705||W/O||131/146||Descended below the glideslope on approach to Toncontín Airport, crashing into a hill, 4.8 nautical miles (8.9 km; 5.5 mi) from the runway threshold. The aircraft had been leased from Continental Air Lines, and was completing the last leg of an international scheduled San José–Managua–Tegucigalpa passenger service as Flight 414.|||
|21 March 1990||Tegucigalpa||L-188CF||HR-TNL||W/O||3/3||Crashed into mountainous terrain on approach to Toncontín Airport in bad weather. The aircraft was completing a San Pedro Sula–Tegucigalpa cargo service.|||
- Roach, J and Eastwood, A.B., Piston Engined Airliner Production List, The Aviation Hobby Shop, West Drayton, Middlesex, 2007, ISBN None.
- "World airline directory – Transportes Aereos Nacionales SA (TAN Airlines)". Flight International. 108 (3445): 507. 20 March 1975. Archived from the original on 25 September 2013.
- "World Airline Directory – Transportes Aereos Nacionales (TAN Airlines)". Flight International. 137 (4207): 134. 14 March 1990 – 20 March 1990. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Check date values in:
- "Transportes Aereos Nacionales SA—TAN Airlines". Flight. 77 (2665): 514. 8 April 1960. Archived from the original on 25 September 2013.
- "Air transport – TAN-Lanica Co-operation". Flight International. 92 (3062): 797. 16 November 1967. Archived from the original on 25 September 2013.
Lanica, the Nicaraguan airline, has agreed to joint operation of its BAC One-Eleven 400 with TAN Airlines of Honduras.
- "World airline survey – Lanica (Lineas Aereas de Nicaragua SA)". Flight International. 95 (3135): 578. 10 April 1969. Archived from the original on 24 September 2013.
- Roach and Eastwood, 2007, p. 291
- "World airlines update". Flight International. 106 (3422): 516. 17 October 1974. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013.
Transportes Aereos Nacionales (TAN Airlines of Honduras) has acquired a 737-200 previously operated by Pluna. The aircraft was delivered to TAN in May following repossession by Boeing.
- "Accident record for TAN Honduras". Aviation Safety Network. 4 March 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
- "Plane Crashes in Honduras, Killing at Least 131". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 22 October 1989. Check date values in:
- "World airline directory – Transportes Aereos Nacionales (TAN Airlines)". Flight International. 141 (4311): 125. 25 March 1992 – 31 March 1992. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Check date values in:
- "World airline directory – Servicio Aéreo de Honduras (SAHSA)". Flight International. 141 (4311): 117. 25 March 1992 – 31 March 1992. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Check date values in:
- "Timetable (Effective 30 June 1974)" (in Spanish). Airline Timetable Images. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013.
- "Accident record for Honduras". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
- Accident description for TI-107 at the Aviation Safety Network
- Accident description for HR-TNB at the Aviation Safety Network
- Accident description for HR-TNG at the Aviation Safety Network
- Accident description for HR-TNO at the Aviation Safety Network
- Accident description for N88705 at the Aviation Safety Network
- Accident description for HR-TNL at the Aviation Safety Network