Crash of a De Havilland DH.104 Dove 1 off Mar del Plata: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jul 1, 1971
Registration:
LV-XZT
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
04137
YOM:
1948
Country: Argentina (13480)">
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
On approach to runway 31 at Mar del Plata Airport, the twin engine airplane crashed into the sea few km offshore. A pilot was killed while two other occupants were rescued.

Crash of a Douglas DC-6A/B in Mar del Plata

Date & Time: Nov 7, 1968
Type of aircraft: Douglas DC-6 (29547)">
Registration:
TC-55
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Río Gallegos – Mar del Plata – Buenos Aires
MSN:
44114
YOM:
1954
Country: Argentina (13480)">
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
21
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The four engine aircraft was returning to Buenos Aires following a reconnaissance mission over Antarctica. The approach to Mar del Plata Airport was initiated in very bad weather conditions when the airplane crashed in flames in a field located some six km short of runway. All 24 occupants escaped while the aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire.

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-80-DL off Mar del Plata: 10 killed

Date & Time: May 15, 1959 at 2042 LT
Operator: Aerolineas Argentinas (30810)">
Registration:
LV-AFW
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Buenos Aires – Mar del Plata – Bahía Blanca
MSN:
19790
YOM:
1944
Flight number:
AR672
Country: Argentina (13480)">
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Circumstances:
Shortly after a night takeoff from Mar del Plata-Brigadier General Bartolomé de la Colina Airport, while climbing, the pilot-in-command made a turn according to the procedures when control was lost. The airplane stalled and crashed into the sea some three km off shore. All ten occupants were killed.
Causes:
The exact cause of the accident could not be determined with certainty. However, spatial disorientation on part of the pilot-in-command is suspected.

Crash of a Curtiss C-46A-50-CU Commando off Mar del Plata: 51 killed

Date & Time: Jan 16, 1959 at 2140 LT
Type of aircraft: Curtiss C-46 Commando (29643)">
Operator: Austral Lineas Aéreas (30876)">
Registration:
LV-GED
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Buenos Aires – Mar del Plata
MSN:
30514
YOM:
1944
Flight number:
AU205
Country: Argentina (13480)">
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
47
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
51
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Buenos Aires-Aeroparque-Jorge Newbury Airport at 1950LT with a delay of 35 minutes due to bad weather at destination. Following an uneventful flight, the captain obtained the permission to land on runway 12 at Mar del Plata-Brigadier General Bartolomé de la Colina Airport, passed over the threshold at a height of 85 meters and overshot. The captain decided to make a go around when control was lost. The airplane stalled and crashed into the sea about 1,2 km offshore. A passenger was seriously injured while all 51 other occupants were killed.
Causes:
The pilot failed during a missed approach procedure to observe the instrument flight procedure and attempted to continue visual flight by night in unfavourable weather conditions. The aircraft then lost altitude and descended into the sea. Contributing factors were:
- As the pilot was not familiar with the airport in this type of operation, he miscalculated during the instrument approach procedure,
- The pilot's temporarily confused mental state, when he found himself in this critical situation, affected his capability and skill,
- The radio beacon was out of service and the lighting was poor because of the weather conditions at the time of the approach,
- Unsatisfactory dispatching of the aircraft by the operator.

Crash of a Vickers 491 Viking 1B in Buenos Aires: 18 killed

Date & Time: Jan 11, 1957 at 0900 LT
Type of aircraft: Vickers Viking (29597)">
Operator: Lineas Aéreas del Estado - LADE (31823)">
Registration:
T-11
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Buenos Aires – Mar del Plata – Mendoza
MSN:
188
YOM:
1947
Flight number:
LD011
Country: Argentina (13480)">
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
29
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
15
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Buenos Aires-Aeroparque-Jorge Newbury Airport, while in initial climb, the crew encountered strong crosswinds. The airplane rolled left and right then stalled and crashed in a field. Sixteen people, among them the copilot, were injured while 17 other occupants plus one on the ground were killed. The airplane had the dual registration T-11 and LV-XFE.

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-20-DK in Mar del Plata: 17 killed

Date & Time: Dec 30, 1950 at 2209 LT
Operator: Aerolineas Argentinas (30810)">
Registration:
LV-ACH
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Mar del Plata – Buenos Aires
MSN:
13027
YOM:
1944
Country: Argentina (13480)">
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
13
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
17
Circumstances:
Less than two minutes after takeoff from Mar del Plata Airport, while in initial climb by night, the aircraft went out of control and crashed near the Camet Park, between the airport and the sea. The wreckage was found less than two km from the airport and a girl aged eight was found alive but seriously injured while 17 other occupants were killed. It appears that one of the engine failed shortly after rotation.

Crash of a Ford 5 in Mar Chiquita: 6 killed

Date & Time: Jun 11, 1934 at 1100 LT
Type of aircraft: Ford 5 (29953)">
Registration:
NC8417
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Mar del Plata – Buenos Aires
MSN:
5-AT-055
YOM:
25
Country: Argentina (13480)">
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
While flying in heavy rain falls, aircraft went out of control and crashed in the lagoon of Mar Chiquita, north of Mar del Plata, province of Buenos Aires. Six occupants including all three crew were killed. Aircraft was christened 'San Pedro'.