A gulfstream G200 (registration N813WM) crashed short after landing at Tegucigalpa’s Toncontin International Airport. On board of the plane were nine passengers, all of them are injured, but reported safe following a quick response by first responders.
The aircraft departed Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas for a flight of 2 houres and 46 minutes to Tegucigalpa’s Toncontin International Airport (Honduran capital). Federal Aviation Administration records showed the aircraft was registered to TVPX Aircraft Solutions Inc. in North Salt Lake, Utah. “A person who answered the phone at TVPX and identified himself as Mike said he had no information to share and hung up,” a source from the Associated Press said.
The last flight of the aircraft was on Friday, 18 May following what appeared to be a 4-day trip to Columbia. The aircraft was also parked for unknown reasons for 41 days at St. Louis Regional Airport in Missouri and returned to the skies on May 2.
This isn’t Tegucigalpa’s first aviation accident. The airport was ranked as the “2nd most dangerous airport in the world” by The History Channel program Most Extreme Airports. The approach to the airport is often considered to be one of the most difficult appraoches in the world, especially in incelement weather conditions. On May 30, 2008, a TACA Airlines Airbus A320-200 crashed in the same area as the Gulfstream when it too overran Runway 02. That incident killed 5 killed, including 3 on the ground. The incident was later attributed to pilot error due to the pilot’s poor judgement when landing in inclement weather conditions.