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SANSA Flight 32

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SANSA Flight 32
A CASA/IPTN NC-212 similar to the accident aircraft
DateJanuary 15, 1990
SummaryControlled flight into terrain, pilot error
SiteCerro Cedral, near Juan Santamaría International Airport, Costa Rica
Aircraft typeCASA C-212 Aviocar
Flight originJuan Santamaría International Airport
DestinationPalmar Sur Airport

SANSA Flight 32 was an airplane flight from Juan Santamaría International Airport to Palmar Sur Airport. On January 15, 1990, the CASA C-212 Aviocar (registered TI-SAB) that was doing the flight crashed into a mountain after takeoff. All 20 passengers and 3 crew members on board died.


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The incident aircraft, TI-SAB, was an CASA C-212 Aviocar which flew for Sansa Airlines.[1]

The aircraft took off at 8:25 a.m. CST. Air traffic control had the plane fly to 5500 ft (1676 m). After this, air traffic control had the plane fly to 8500 ft (2600 m). While flying at 7200 ft (2200 m), the plane crashed into a mountain, killing all on board.[1]


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After looking into the accident, the reason for the crash was because the pilots did not follow the flight plan agreed to with air traffic control. The plane did not have a GPWS.[2]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Costa Rican plane crash claims 23 in the mountains". The Bryan Times. Retrieved 2021-02-07 – via Google News.
  2. Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident CASA C-212 Aviocar 200 TI-SAB San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)". aviation-safety.net. Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 2021-02-07.