Fatal and Significant Events
Since 1970 for TACA Airlines

The following are either fatal events involving at least one passenger death or significant safety occurrences involving the airline. Excluded would be events where the only passengers killed were stowaways, hijackers, or saboteurs. The passenger fatalities in the numbered events may be due to accidents, hijackings, sabotage, or military action. The events that are not numbered may or may not include fatalities, and are included because they meet the criteria of a significant event as defined by AirSafe.com

Fatal TACA Events

  1. 30 May 2008; TACA A320-200; Flight 390; Tegucigalpa, Honduras: The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from San Salvador, El Salvador, to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The aircraft landed, overran the runway, went down an embankment, and struck several vehicles. One of the six crew members and two of the 118 passengers were killed. Two people outside the aircraft were also killed.
    Fatal Airbus A320 Events
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    Wikipedia Entry for this Accident


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Significant TACA Events

    24 May 1988; TACA 737-300; near New Orleans, LA: The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Belize City Belize to New Orleans. The aircraft was approaching the New Orleans airport when it encountered heavy precipitation, including hail up to 1.25 inches (32 mm) in diameter. The aircraft experienced a dual engine flameout at about 16,200ft due to water ingestion, and the flight crew were able to establish emergency electrical power at about of 10,500ft. The crew was unsuccessful in their attempts to restart the engines, and had to execute an emergency landing on a grass strip on a levee on the Intercoastal Waterway (after initially planning to ditch the aircraft on the waterway). The flight crew successfully made an unpowered landing and none of the 45 occupants were injured. The aircraft was repaired and flown off the levee.
    NTSB Incident Synopsis
    Fatal Boeing 737 Events

    6 April 1993; TACA 767-200; Guatamala City, Guatemala: The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from San Salvador, El Salvador, to Guatemala City, Guatemala, The aircraft landed in rainy conditions, touching down about 3,500 feet down the 9,030 foot runway, at about 17 knots higher than its intended landing speed. The aircraft departed the runway, went through a perimeter fence, and crashed into a nearby neighborhood. None of the nine crew members or 227 passengers were killed, but three people on the ground were injured.
    Fatal Boeing 767 Events

Fatal and Significant Events Since 1970 for TACA Airlines
http://airsafe.com/events/airlines/taca.htm -- Revised: 30 May 2008