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Crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2B-26A Marquise near San Fernando: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jul 24, 2017 at 1440 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
LV-MCV
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
San Fernando – Las Lomitas
MSN:
361SA
YOM:
1977
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from San Fernando Airport in Buenos Aires, while in initial climb, the crew was contacted by ATC about an apparent transponder issue. The crew failed to report and the aircraft disappeared after it apparently crashed north of the airfield, five minutes after its departure. More than one week later, the authorities did not find any trace of the aircraft nor the three occupants. It is believed the aircraft crashed into the delta of Paraná.
Crew:
Matías Ronzano,
Emanuel Vega.
Passenger:
Matías Aristi, son of the aircraft's owner.

Crash of a Cessna 421A Golden Eagle I in Buenos Aires

Date & Time: May 31, 2017 at 1700 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
LQ-JLY
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
El Palomar - Buenos Aires
MSN:
421A-0092
YOM:
1968
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew departed El Palomar Airbase in Buenos Aires on a short flight to Buenos Aires-Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport. On approach, an engine failed. The pilot elected to make an emergency landing when the aircraft crashed in flames in a field located near Canning, about 9 km short of runway 35 threshold. All three crew members were injured while the aircraft was partially destroyed by fire.

Crash of a Pilatus PC-6/B2-H2 Turbo Porter in Buenos Aires: 2 killed

Date & Time: Oct 28, 2015 at 1615 LT
Operator:
Registration:
GN-804
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
MSN:
786
YOM:
1977
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Crashed in the suburb of Las Heras in Buenos Aires, killing both crew members. Operated by the Gendarmeria Nacional, the single engine aircraft exploded on impact and was totally destroyed.

Crash of a Beechcraft Super King Air 300LW in Nordelta: 2 killed

Date & Time: Sep 14, 2014 at 1500 LT
Operator:
Registration:
LV-WLT
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Junín - Buenos Aires
MSN:
FA-221
YOM:
1992
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
While descending to San Fernando Airport, in the suburb of Buenos Aires in marginal weather conditions, the twin engine aircraft went out of control and crashed on two houses located in Nordelta. Both houses were destroyed and the aircraft as well. Both pilots were killed, among them Gustavo Andres Deutsch, ex owner of the defunct Argentinian Company LAPA.

Crash of a Swearingen SA227AC Metro III in Buenos Aires

Date & Time: Dec 15, 2006 at 1820 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
LV-WRA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
MSN:
AC-429
YOM:
1981
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
2666
Captain / Total hours on type:
1556.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1465
Copilot / Total hours on type:
1232
Aircraft flight hours:
34587
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a positioning flight from Buenos Aires-Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport to Buenos Aires-Aeroparque-Jorge Newbury Airport. Before departure, the captain switched off the Stall Alarm System for unknown reasons. Shortly after takeoff from runway 17, the climb gradient was small and landing gear were retracted at a very low altitude. The left wing stalled and struck the runway surface. Out of control, the aircraft impacted ground, slid for few dozen metres, overran the runway and came to rest in a field. Both pilots were uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Loss of control shortly after rotation due to the premature retraction of the landing gear and a takeoff completed with a low climb gradient in the second segment.
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-46-350P Malibu off Buenos Aires

Date & Time: Sep 28, 2005 at 1320 LT
Operator:
Registration:
LV-WTU
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Don Torcuato – Punta del Este
MSN:
46-36073
YOM:
1996
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
8860
Captain / Total hours on type:
300.00
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft departed Don Torcuato Airport on a private flight to Punta del Este, Uruguay, carrying four passengers and one pilot. About 15 minutes into the flight, while cruising in good weather conditions, the pilot informed ATC about engine problems and elected to divert to Buenos Aires-Aeroparque-Jorge Newbury Airport. Unable to maintain a safe altitude, he eventually ditched the aircraft in the Río de la Plata, about 28 km northeast of Buenos Aires. Quickly on site, rescuers were able to evacuate all five occupants who were uninjured while the aircraft was lost.
Probable cause:
Investigations were unable to determine the exact cause of the engine problems.
Final Report:

Crash of a Fairchild-Hiller FH-227B in Buenos Aires: 5 killed

Date & Time: Oct 26, 2003 at 0430 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
LV-MGV
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Buenos Aires - Corrientes
MSN:
567
YOM:
1967
Flight number:
CTZ760
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Aircraft flight hours:
27650
Aircraft flight cycles:
21574
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Buenos Aires-Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport runway 17, while climbing by night, the crew reported technical problems. ATC cleared the crew for an immediate return and land. On final approach, the situation worsened and the crew apparently attempted an emergency landing on the Esperanza Golf Course when the aircraft struck a tree and crashed 5 km short of runway 35, bursting into flames. The aircraft was totally destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and all five occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Failure of the left engine during initial climb for undetermined reasons. At the time of the accident, the aircraft was overload and operated over the MTOW. At impact, the left propeller was feathered while the right engine was running at full power.
Final Report:

Ground accident of a Boeing 727-287 in Buenos Aires

Date & Time: Jan 9, 2001 at 1720 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CP-2323
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Buenos Aires - Santa Cruz
MSN:
22605/1787
YOM:
1981
Country:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
138
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft was taxiing at Buenos Aires-Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport for a departure from runway 11 when the left main gear collapsed. All 146 occupants evacuated safely but the aircraft was considered as damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the left main landing gear collapsed because the forward trunnion bearing support fitting broke due to intergranular corrosion.

Crash of a Boeing 737-204C in Buenos Aires: 65 killed

Date & Time: Aug 31, 1999 at 2054 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
LV-WRZ
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Buenos Aires – Córdoba
MSN:
20389
YOM:
1970
Flight number:
MJ3142
Country:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
95
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
65
Captain / Total flying hours:
6500
Captain / Total hours on type:
1710.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
4085
Copilot / Total hours on type:
560
Aircraft flight hours:
67864
Aircraft flight cycles:
41851
Circumstances:
LAPA flight 3142 was scheduled to depart from Buenos Aires-Jorge Newbery Airport at 20:36 for a 1 hour and 15 minute flight to Córdoba, Argentina. The first officer and cabin crew were the first to arrive at the Boeing 737-200. The first officer notified one of the mechanics that the total fuel requirement was 8,500 kg, all to be stored in the wing tanks. The mechanic noticed there was still some fuel in the central tank and commenced transferring the fuel from the central to the wing tanks. At that moment the captain boarded the flight. He threw his paperwork on the ground, showing annoyance, confirming that attitude by later shutting off the fuel transfer between the main tank and the wing tanks. During their first four minutes on board, the captain, the co-pilot and the purser talked about trivial matters in good spirits, focusing on the purser's personal issues. When the purser left the cockpit, the conversation changed tone as they discussed a controversial situation about the family problems of the captain. The captain said that he was "going through bad times", to which the copilot replied that he was also having a bad day. Without interrupting the conversation, the crew began working the checklists, mixed with the personal issues that worried them and that led them to misread the checklist. In the process they omitted to select the flaps to the appropriate takeoff position. This confusing situation, in which the checklist procedure was mixed with conversation irrelevant to the crew's task, persisted during push back, engine start and taxiing, up to the moment of take-off, which was delayed by other aircraft waiting ahead of the LAPA flight and heavy arriving traffic. During this final wait, the crew members were smoking in the cockpit and continued their conversation. Take-off was started on runway 13 at 20:53 hours. During the takeoff roll the Take-off warning system sounded because the flaps had not been selected. The crew ignored the warning and continued the takeoff. After passing Vr, the pilot attempted to rotate the aircraft. The stick shaker activated as the aircraft entered a stall. It successively impacted the ILS antenna, the perimeter fence, a waiting shelter for buses, two automobiles, two excavators and an embankment where it stopped. Immediately a fire erupted. Three flight crew members, 60 passengers and two persons inside an automobile were killed.
Probable cause:
The JIAAC considers as an immediate cause of the accident that the flight crew of the LAPA 3142 forgot to extend the flaps for takeoff and dismissed the alarm sound that warned about the lack of configuration for that maneuver.
The contributing factors were:
- Lack of discipline of the crew that did not execute the logical reaction of aborting the takeoff and verification of the failure when the alarm began to sound when adding engine power and continued sounding until the rotation attempt.
- Excess of conversations foreign to the flight and for moments of important emotional intensity between the pilots, that were mixed with the execution of the check lists, arriving at omitting the part of these last ones where the extension of flaps for takeoff had to be completed.
- Personal and/or family and/or economic and/or other problems of both pilots, which affected their operational behavior.
- Insufficiency of the psychic control system, which did not allow to detect when the pilots were suffering personal and/or family problems and/or of another type that influenced their operational capacity when diminishing their psychic stability.
- Knowledge and treatment of very personal and extra-occupational issues among the pilots and even with the onboard commissioner, who facilitated the atmosphere of scarce seriousness and concentration in the operational tasks.
- Background of negative flight characteristics of the commander that surfaced before his personal situation and relationship in the cockpit before and during the emergency.
- Background of flight characteristics of the co-pilot, which manifested themselves during compliance with the procedural checklists in a cockpit where its components participated with a completely dispersed attention to particular interests outside the flight.
- No immediate recognition or verification of both pilots, of the relationship between the type of intermittent audible alarm that indicated failure in the configuration for takeoff, with the absence of flaps in the position for this maneuver.
- Design of the take-off configuration alarm system that does not allow, in this type of aircraft, a simple check by the crews to ensure periodic listening to this type of intermittent alarm.
Final Report:

Crash of a Boeing 707-372C in Buenos Aires: 2 killed

Date & Time: Oct 23, 1996 at 1422 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
LV-LGP
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Santiago de Chile - Buenos Aires
MSN:
20077
YOM:
1968
Flight number:
LD5025
Country:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The aircraft was completing a cargo flight from Santiago de Chile to Buenos Aires, carrying eight crew members and a load of 30 tons of fish. On final approach to Buenos Aires-Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport runway 11, at a speed of 151 knots, the crew quickly extended flaps to 14°, 25°, 40° and finally 50°, causing the aircraft to nose down and enter a rapid descent until it struck the ground 750 metres short of runway threshold. Upon impact, the aircraft broke in three and caught fire. Both pilots were killed while six other occupants were injured.
Probable cause:
The following findings were reported:
- Erroneous setting of the air brakes at the same time as the flaps were fully extended during the short final approach,
- Erroneous planning during the descent and approach,
- Failure to use the experience of a similar previous event,
- Insufficient attention to the critical situation in the aircraft operating documentation,
- Failure to conduct a briefing prior to the approach and descent,
- Non-use of the LCP during the entire approach maneuver,
- Insufficient training in CRM.