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Bluefields Airport

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Airport type  Military/Public
Serves  Bluefields
Elevation AMSL  41 ft / 12 m
Address  Bluefields, Nicaragua
Operator  EAAI
Location  Bluefields
05/23  2,019
Code  BEF
Bluefields Airport
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Bluefields International Airport (IATA: BEF, ICAO: MNBL) is an airport that serves Bluefields, Nicaragua. It is the busiest airport in the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. A new terminal was opened recently and extension of the runway is planned. Currently, the airport serves only domestic and small international destinations, but plans are to make it international in the future. The airport is approximately 2 km (1.2 mi) from the city center, and there are taxis and buses available there.

The Bluefields VOR/DME (ident: BLU) is located on the airfield.

Accidents and incidents

  • On 10 May 1982, two hijackers demanded a Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando of Aeronica to leave its Bluefields-Corn Island route and land in Costa Rica instead. The pilots obeyed and landed at Limón International Airport in Costa Rica, where the perpetrators surrendered.
  • On July 20 1999, a Cessna Grand Caravan operating as La Costeña flight 046 from Managua to Bluefields crashed into a remote hillside 50 km west of Bluefields when it descended prematurely, killing all 16 on board.
  • On December 19 2007 a Short 360 Tremendous shock took the passengers and crew of an La Costeña airline when it "struck" a tire when attempting takeoff from Bluefields Airport. No-one was hurt.
  • References

    Bluefields Airport Wikipedia

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