Berry Aviation, Inc
IATA ICAO Callsign
Operating basesHYI, CAK, ABQ, DTO
HubsSan Marcos Municipal Airport, Akron-Canton Airport
Fleet size25
Parent companyAGC Aerospace & Defense[1]
HeadquartersSan Marcos, Texas, United States
Key peopleStanley Finch, CEO/President

Berry Aviation, Inc is an American charter airline with its headquarters based in San Marcos, Texas. It operates charters for the US Department of Defense in multiple locations worldwide and Part 135 On-Demand Cargo across North America and the Caribbean. It was founded in 1983.


The Berry Aviation fleet includes the following aircraft (as of December 2021):[2][3]

Berry Aviation Fleet
Aircraft In
Orders Passengers Notes
De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter 4
Bombardier Dash 8-Q200 7
Embraer EMB 120ER Brasilia 9
Fairchild SA227 Metroliner 3
Total 23

The airline fleet previously included the following aircraft:[4][5]

2017 Niger terrorist incident

Main article: Tongo Tongo ambush

On October 4, 2017, four U.S. Army personnel and five Nigerien soldiers were killed and two more injured after being ambushed while assisting local forces in Southwest Niger.[6][7] It was later reported that private contractors working for Berry Aviation "conducted casualty evacuation and transport for U.S. and partner forces". Berry Aviation was described as having a "sole source bridge contract" in Niamey for duties including casualty evacuation.[8]

2017 hurricane relief and pet evacuation flights

Starting on August 28, 2017, Berry Aviation conducted over fifty flights for Wings of Rescue and the Humane Society of the United States, carrying over 100 tons of emergency supplies into the Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria zones and then flying over 4,500 pets, who otherwise would have died, to safety at no-kill animal shelters throughout the mainland United States.[citation needed]

Accidents and Incidents

Type Flight Date Aircraft Location Description Damage Injuries Fatalities Probable Cause
Accident BYA233 September 20, 2018 N233SW Houston, TX A Berry Aviation Embraer EMB-120, registration N233SW performing flight BYA-480 from Shreveport, LA (USA) to Querétaro (Mexico), was en-route at 18,000 feet near Houston, TX (USA) when unsecured cargo shifted. The crew continued the flight to Querétaro for a landing without further incident. Substantial None None Unsecured Cargo
Accident BYA969 August 15, 2019 N322AV San Marcos, TX On August 15, 2019, at 1233 central daylight time, a De Havilland DHC-6-300 airplane, N322AV, impacted runway 13 during a go-around at San Marcos Regional Airport (HYI), San Marcos, Texas. The airplane sustained substantial damage. Substantial 3 Minor None The pilot's delayed go-around attempt and the flight instructor's delayed remedial action that resulted in a nose-down impact with terrain during an attempted go-around.
Accident BYA233 March 7, 2021 N233SW Ypsilanti, MI Berry Aviation flight BYA233, an Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia, performed a gear-up landing at Detroit-Willow Run Airport, Michigan (YIP). The aircraft was damaged beyond repair. Substantial None None Under Investigation


  1. ^ Acorn Growth
  2. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 37.
  3. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia N233SW Detroit-Willow Run Airport, MI (YIP)". Retrieved 2021-12-17.
  4. ^ Berry Aviation fleet
  5. ^ Berry Aviation history
  6. ^ Starr, Barbara. "Pentagon identifies fourth US soldier killed in Niger". CNN. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  7. ^ Mitchell, Ellen. "Officials suspect Islamic State militants responsible for Niger attack". The Hill. The Hill. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  8. ^ Barbara Starr; Greg Wallace; Jamie Crawford (2017-10-18). "US Military Reveals Contractors Flew to the Rescue in Niger, but Little Else". CNN. Retrieved 2017-10-20.