La aeronave desapareció junto con 11 personas luego de hacer una llamada de emergencia el 15 de diciembre de 2008 a las 4:48 p.m., cuando realizaba un viaje desde Santiago, República Dominicana, hacia Mayaguana, Bahamas. La guardia costera realizó una extensiva y minuciosa búsqueda en el área durante 3 días sin obtener resultado alguno, añadiendo así el caso a la larga lista de aeronaves y barcos desaparecidos a través del tiempo en el llamado Triángulo de las Bermudas.
A continuación se reproduce en idioma original la nota aparecida el 18 de diciembre de 2008 en el sitio web de la Guardia Costera de los Estados Unidos:
Search suspended for missing aircraft
MIAMI -The U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing aircraft with 11 people aboard at approximately 6 p.m., Wednesday.
The aircraft disappeared after making an emergency call at 4:48 p.m., Monday, while traveling from Santiago, Dominican Republic, to Mayaguana, Bahamas. The Coast Guard launched an extensive search of the area four miles west of the Turks and Caicos Islands immediately upon notification of the distress call.
More than 5,300 square miles were searched using multiple Coast Guard assets including the Coast Guard Cutter Bear, a rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Detroit, two Coast Guard search and rescue jet crews from Air Station Miami and a rescue plane and helicopter crew, both from Air Station Clearwater, Fla.
The Coast Guard also initiated an extensive effort to determine if the plane landed at any airports, airfields or airstrips in the Southeast Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands. Authorities from the Turks and Caicos Islands police department assisted with coastal searches.
The Coast Guard will continue to work with authorities, including the governments of the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic to determine what happened to the aircraft and its passengers.
"It is always a difficult decision to suspend a search effort without resolution," said Lt. Matt Moorlag, Seventh Coast Guard District public affairs officer. "Despite the extensive search efforts of our rescue crews, often in difficult and dangerous weather conditions, the aircraft and its passengers have not been located."
Any persons with information regarding the whereabouts of this aircraft or its passengers are asked to contact Rescue Coordination Center Miami at (305) 415-6800.