A Beechcraft 1900C, registered as YV1674 (msn UC-47), operated by Servicio Pan Americano de Protección of Venezuela, crashed into trees two miles west-southwest of Miami Executive Airport (TMB) (formerly Kendall-Tamiami Airport) after takeoff at approximately 2:40 pm (1440) local time yesterday (February 11) according to an eyewitness and Miami Dade Police. Four people on board were killed in the crash. The aircraft had departed the airport bound for Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands when it reported a problem and was attempting to return to the airport when it crashed.
According to the company website, the company describes its activities:
“The Venezuelan company is the pioneer and leader in the integral processing of valuables and associated risks. In 2008, we celebrated our 50th anniversary safeguarding the product of the efforts of all Venezuelans, with the highest levels of security, professionalism and efficiency. Every day we work to add value to Venezuela.”
Read the report (with photos) from the Miami Herald: CLICK HERE
Albatros Airlines (Venezuela) (Maracay) is becoming a new Boeing operator. The Venezuelan carrier will soon take delivery of this former Ukraine International Boeing 737-5L9 registered currently as N102ES (msn 28995, ex UR-GBB). The airliner was painted at East Midlands and rolled out yesterday.
The airline currently operates two Cessna 208B Grand Caravans and three Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias.
According to the airline, Albatros Airlines was founded on December 27 2007, in order “to strengthen the growth of commercial air activity; meet the transportation needs that affect various regions of the country, and promote the development of tourism in Venezuela.”
The carrier’s Air Operator Certificate (AOC) was awarded by the National Institute of Civil Aviation on May 13, 2010 for the commercial air transport of passengers, cargo and mail. On May 20, 2010 the company made its first commercial flight to Porlamar and Porlamar Carúpano. The new airline quickly expanded with routes to Los Roques from Caracas (Maiquetia) and Maracay.
Copyright Photo: Ian Bowley/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Albatros Airlines). The first 737 also introduces this new livery for the airline. The airline encouraged design contributions from the public before the final design was selected.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) is fed up with Venezuela and its socialist government which is forcing carriers to keep their ticket sales in the country’s currency, the Bolivar. Airlines are unable to export the proceeds. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, American was owed $750 million from its Venezuela sales through March 31 (probably higher today). As a result, American is slashing the number of weekly flights from the current 48 to only 10 starting next month. Air Canada and Alitalia have also ended service to Venezuela.
Costa Airlines (Maracaibo) is a new airline in Venezuela which is currently going through the certification process. The new airline is planning to launch scheduled passenger operations this summer with three Bombardier CRJ200s (CL-600-2B19s).