FAV Shorts 360 goes missing, 25 killed
22 Aug 2004
One of the Shorts 360-300 turboprop-powered passenger transport aircraft of the Fuerza de Venezuela (FAV) has been reported missing at 16:40 local time (20:40 UTC). The aircraft, serialled FAV-1652, was en route from the island la Orchila to the base Sucre in Maracay. Last contact established was at 16:15 local time (20:15 UTC). The aircraft was carrying 22 passenger and a three man crew. Two FAV Cougar helicopters were scrambled for the Search and Rescue (SAR) operation and located the wreckage at 14 nautical miles south east of El Libertador air base. The aircraft presumably crashed into the mountain leaving no survivors.
The weather over the mountains in the area has been very bad with heavy rains today. In February earlier this year a Bonanza with a crew of three went missing in about the same area under similar weather conditions. The Bonanza wreckage was never recovered.