What Is the Safety Record of TACA Airlines?


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TACA Airlines, based in El Salvador, has a safety rating of 5 out of 7 stars from AirlineRatings.com. As of April 2015, the airline has been accident free since May 30, 2008. Since 1947, TACA has had eight accidents and occurrences that warranted investigation.

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The May 30, 2008, accident occurred at the Tegucigalpa-Toncontin Airport in Honduras. The Airbus A32-233, carrying 118 passengers and a crew of six, overran the runway and crashed on a street below. Fatalities included three on the plane and two on the ground. The plane was destroyed.

Prior to the Airbus crash, two other accidents resulted in fatalities. One was on July 20,1988, when a Douglas C-118A cargo plane crashed in Golden Meadow, Louisiana. The pilots were attempting an emergency landing because of low fuel and struck a levee with the landing gear, causing the wing to hit the ground. All three crew members were killed and the plane totaled.

On March 17, 1947, TACA suffered its first airline crash. A Lockheed C-60A Lodestar crashed into the Cerro del Padre Amaya mountain range in Columbia, killing all eight occupants. The plane was heading to San Jose-La Sabana Airport in Costa Rica from the Medellin-Enrique Otaya Herrera Airport in Columbia.

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