A Gulfstream G200—registered as N813WM—crashed after landing at Tegucigalpa's Toncontin International Airport. The nine passengers onboard the aircraft were injured but reported safe following a quick response by first responders. The aircraft departed Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas before the 2 hour and 46-minute flight to the 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 aircraft had last flown on Friday, May 18 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 is not 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 approaches in the world, especially in inclement 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 judgment when landing in inclement weather conditions.
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