Santa Barbara Airlines - #518 Crash

The ATR 42-300 crashed shortly after takeoff from Merida, Venezuela on a flight to Caracas. It crashed into a mountain on 21 February 2008; killing all on board: 43 passengers and 3 crew. The accident is the highest death toll involving an ATR 42.

The investigation revealed that the crew did not properly initialize the flight naviagation system. More info at link below.

The crash site is obscured in cloud in the satellite image.

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