Date: February 21, 2008
Time: 1700
Location: Merida, Venezuela
Operator: Santa Barbara Airlines
Flight #: 518
Route: Merida - Caracas
AC Type: ATR-42-300
Registration: YV-1449
cn / ln: 028
Aboard: 46   (passengers:43  crew:3)
Fatalities: 46   (passengers:43  crew:3)
Ground: 0
Summary: Struck a mountain at 13,500 feet and disintegrated shortly after departing Merida. The pilots took off from Merida without waiting for the navigation system to properly initialize. Consequently, they became disoriented in the mountainous terrain surrounding the airport, crashing into the side of a mountain while trying to determine their location.

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