Crash of a Lockheed C-130M Hercules at Teniente Marsh

Date & Time: Nov 27, 2014
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
2470
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Punta Arenas - Teniente Marsh
MSN:
4441
YOM:
1972
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The right main gear collapsed on landing at Teniente Rodolfo Marsh Airport, Antarctica. The aircraft was conducting a supply mission from Punta Arenas, carrying a load of various goods and several passengers and crew members. The aircraft came to rest on snowy runway and the propeller detached from engine number four. There were no injuries. The airplane was later parked on the apron and repairs were scheduled. Eventually, in early 2017, it was decided to scrap the airplane which was destroyed on site. All debris were placed in a container and later shipped back to Brazil.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 in Antarctica: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jan 23, 2013 at 0827 LT
Operator:
Registration:
C-GKBC
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Amundsen-Scott Station - Terra Nova-Zucchelli Station
MSN:
650
YOM:
1979
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
22300
Captain / Total hours on type:
7770.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
790
Copilot / Total hours on type:
450
Aircraft flight hours:
28200
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed South Pole Station, Antarctica, at 0523 Coordinated Universal Time on 23 January 2013 for a visual flight rules repositioning flight to Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica, with a crew of 3 on board. The aircraft failed to make its last radio check-in scheduled at 0827, and the flight was considered overdue. An emergency locator transmitter signal was detected in the vicinity of Mount Elizabeth, Antarctica, and a search and rescue effort was initiated. Extreme weather conditions hampered the search and rescue operation, preventing the search and rescue team from accessing the site for 2 days. Once on site, it was determined that the aircraft had impacted terrain and crew members of C-GKBC had not survived. Adverse weather, high altitude and the condition of the aircraft prevented the recovery of the crew and comprehensive examination of the aircraft. There were no indications of fire on the limited portions of the aircraft that were visible. The accident occurred during daylight hours.
Probable cause:
The accident was caused by a controlled flight into terrain (CFIT).
Findings:
The crew of C-GKBC made a turn prior to reaching the open region of the Ross Shelf. The aircraft might have entered an area covered by cloud that ultimately led to the aircraft contacting the rising terrain of Mount Elizabeth.
Other findings:
The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) was not serviceable at the time of the occurrence.
The company did not have a practice in place to verify the functionality of the CVR prior to flight.
The rate of climb recorded in the SkyTrac ISAT-100 tracking equipment prior to contacting terrain was consistent with the performance figures in the DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300 Operating Data Manual 1-63-1, Revision 7.
Final Report:

Crash of a Dornier DO228 in Rothera Station

Date & Time: Jan 25, 2005 at 1433 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
D-CICE
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Halley-Rothera
MSN:
7073
YOM:
1985
Country:
Region:
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft named Polar 4 was damaged on landing at the British Rothera Station, Antarctica. Nobody was hurt in the accident but in November 2005, the aircraft was declared damaged beyond economical repair.

Crash of a Douglas DC-6 in Patriot Hill

Date & Time: Nov 26, 1993 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N1597F
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Punta Arenas-Patriot Hill
MSN:
43700
YOM:
1953
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0

Crash of a Casa-Nurtanio CN235 in Teniente Marsh

Date & Time: Feb 25, 1992
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
E-217
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Punta Arenas-Teniente Marsh
MSN:
C-021
YOM:
1989
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0

Crash of an Ilyushin II-14M near Mirny Ice Station

Date & Time: Feb 19, 1990 at 0853 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-41803
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Mirny - Vostok
MSN:
1460 009 38
YOM:
1957
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Aircraft flight hours:
32985
Aircraft flight cycles:
13353
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a supply mission to an expedition in Antarctica between both stations of Mirny and Vostok when the right engine failed. The crew attempted to make an emergency landing when the aircraft crash landed on a glacier located 560 km from Mirny Ice Station. All four occupants were rescued while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Failure of the right engine due to a loss of hydraulic pressure.

Ground fire of an Avia 14PT in Mirny: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jan 26, 1989 at 2025 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-52066
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
030 703108
YOM:
1957
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
While parked and refueled at the Mirny Ice Station, the aircraft caught fire. Fire brigade arrived on scene in 10 minutes but the aircraft was already destroyed. Three crew members who were preparing the flight scheduled for midnight were killed. At the time of the accident, the outside temperature was -9° C. with good visibility (over 20 km) and a wind of 50 km/h (14 meters per second).
Crew:
Mr. Ananiev,
Mr. Semin,
Mr. Rogovenko.
Probable cause:
The exact cause of the fire could not be determined with certainty.

Crash of a Lockheed LC-130R Hercules at D-59 Ice Station: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 9, 1987
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
159131
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
4522
YOM:
1974
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Upon landing, the aircraft lost a wing and crashed upside down. Two occupants were killed while 11 others were rescued. The aircraft was completing a supply mission on behalf of the American National Scientific Foundation, carrying repair kit for another LC-130 registered 148321 that crashed in 1971.

Crash of an Ilyushin II-14M in Philippi Glacier: 6 killed

Date & Time: Feb 17, 1986 at 0710 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-41816
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Molodezhnaya - Mirny
MSN:
1470 016 03
YOM:
1957
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Aircraft flight hours:
32094
Aircraft flight cycles:
18078
Circumstances:
En route from Molodezhnaya Ice Station to the Mirny Ice Station (distance 2,020 km), the crew encountered icing conditions and reduced his altitude to 1,500 meters when strong headwinds were met (up to 140 km/h). This caused the speed to drop and the fuel consumption to increase. Due to fuel shortage, the crew attempted an emergency landing on the Philippi Glacier located 240 km west of the Mirny Ice Station (at S66.833 E88.00). But in whiteout conditions, the aircraft crashed into the surface of the glacier and was completely destroyed. All six occupants were killed. The wreckage was found few days later.
Probable cause:
Fuel exhaustion due to strong headwind and emergency landing in whiteout conditions.

Crash of a Cessna 404 Titan in Teniente Marsh: 10 killed

Date & Time: Dec 31, 1985 at 2000 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
CC-CHX
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Punta Arenas - Teniente Marsh
MSN:
404-0684
YOM:
1980
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane departed Punta Arenas on a charter flight to Teniente Rodolfo Marsh Airport, carrying two crew members and eight American tourists. On approach, the crew encountered poor weather conditions and decided to divert to Marambio where the visibility was also limited. As the crew was unable to land in Marambio, the captain decided to return to Teniente Rodolfo Marsh. While completing a visual approach in IMC conditions, the crew failed to realize his altitude was insufficient when the aircraft struck a hill and crashed few km from the airfield. The aircraft was destroyed and all 10 occupants were killed.
Crew:
Iván Martínez Díaz, pilot,
Armando Soto San Martín, copilot.
Probable cause:
The crew continued a VFR approach in IMC conditions until the aircraft impacted the ground.