Crash of a Swearingen SA227AC Metro III off Montevideo: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jun 6, 2012 at 1955 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CX-LAS
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Montevideo - Buenos Aires
MSN:
AC-482
YOM:
1982
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
16177
Copilot / Total flying hours:
406
Circumstances:
Crew was performing a cargo flight from Montevideo to Buenos Aires on behalf of DHL. Aircraft left runway 24 at Montevideo-Carrasco Airport at 1945LT and crew was cleared to climb to FL080. While reaching a height of 4,500 feet, aircraft went out of control and dove into the sea off Flores Island, in the Rio de la Plata. Some debris were found a day later but the wreckage was localized two weeks later one NM south of Flores Island. The CVR was found on 02AUG2012 but was inexploitable as the content was concerning the last thirty minutes of the precedent flight. On 11FEB2013, fishermen found the cargo door in their fishnet.
Probable cause:
In a preliminary report, Uruguayan Authorities confirmed the aircraft dove into the sea and impacted the water at an angle of forty degrees nose down and at a speed of 570 knots (1,055 km/h), which caused the total disintegration of the aircraft. No trace of the cargo nor the crew was ever found. Investigations revealed that both engines were running normally at impact, that no propeller blades were lost during descent, that fuel was not contaminated and that no problems occurred on the on board electrical system. Meteorological Office confirmed that severe icing conditions prevailed at the time of the accident from a height of 1,000 feet to FL150.

Crash of a Piper PA-42 Cheyenne III in Treinta y Tres

Date & Time: Mar 20, 1998 at 1315 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CX-ROU
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Treinta y Tres - Montevideo
MSN:
42-8001074
YOM:
1982
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
During the takeoff roll, at a speed of 90 knots, the captain decided to abort. Unable to stop within the remaining distance, the aircraft overran and came to rest 270 metres further against an earth mound. All six occupants escaped with minor injuries and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. The grassy runway used by the crew is 1,008 metres long and the last portion of 300 metres was waterlogged.

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-75-DL in Artigas: 44 killed

Date & Time: Feb 10, 1978 at 1120 LT
Operator:
Registration:
T-511
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Artigas - Montevideo
MSN:
19301
YOM:
1943
Flight number:
Uruguay 511
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
40
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
44
Circumstances:
After takeoff from Artigas, while on a flight to Montevideo with 40 civilian passengers on board, the pilot contacted ATC and reported engine problems. He was cleared to complete a turn to join the approach path when the airplane stalled and crashed in flames. All 44 occupants were killed. The exact cause of the engine problem remains unknown. The airplane had dual military (T-511) and civil (CX-BJH) registrations.

Crash of a Fairchild-Hiller FH-227B in the Andes Mountains: 29 killed

Date & Time: Oct 13, 1972 at 1530 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
T-571
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Montevideo - Santiago du Chili
MSN:
572
YOM:
1968
Flight number:
URUGUAY571
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
41
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
29
Captain / Total flying hours:
5117
Aircraft flight hours:
792
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Montevideo on a charter flight to Santiago de Chile under callsign Uruguay 571, carrying members of the rugby team 'Old Christians', en route to Chile to take part to a tournament. All passengers were players, supporters and members of their family. While in cruising altitude in marginal weather conditions, the crew encountered altitude turbulences due to the mountain proximity and clouds. Despite the pilot increased full power on both engines, the airplane was unable to maintain a safe altitude when, at a speed of 350 km/h, the right wing struck a rocky ridge and was torn off. Few seconds later, the airplane struck a second ridge, causing the left wing and the tail to be torn off. The aircraft planed for few seconds before it crashed in a snow covered area located at an altitude of 3,900 meters in the Chilean Andes. Few passengers were injured while eight others were killed. Some survivors elected to contact rescuers but the VHF system was out of order. A day after the accident, the pilot of a Chilean Air Force trainer made a pass over the area but failed to sea the wreckage due to clouds. After three days, SAR operations were suspended by the authorities. After 72 days by extreme low temperatures, three survivors walked away and found help in a village. On December 22, 1972, two helicopters of the Chilean Air Force arrived on the scene and were able to evacuate 16 survivors while 29 other occupants died from their injuries, cold or of hunger.

Crash of a Canadair CL-44-6 in Chile: 6 killed

Date & Time: Jul 20, 1972
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
LV-JYR
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Montevideo – Santiago
MSN:
7
YOM:
1961
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
The four engine aircraft departed Montevideo-Carrasco Airport on a cargo flight to Santiago-Pudahuel Airport, carrying six crew members and a load of 28 tons of meat. En route, while cruising in poor visibility, the airplane struck the slope of a mountain located in the Andes, or in Chile or in Argentina. As the airplane failed to arrive at destination, SAR operations were conducted but eventually suspended few days later as no trace of the aircraft nor the six crew members was found.

Crash of a Short S.25 Sunderland 5 off Montevideo

Date & Time: Feb 11, 1959 at 1710 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
LV-AHG
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Buenos Aires – Montevideo
MSN:
SH.70C
YOM:
1946
Country:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
49
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Upon landing on water off Montevideo, the seaplane struck an unknown floating object that caused damages to the structure. The airplane stopped and partially sank rapidly. All 55 occupants were evacuated safely while the aircraft was recovered and later declared as damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Collision with an unknown floating object upon landing.

Crash of a Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan near Osorio

Date & Time: Sep 9, 1948 at 1830 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
102
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Florianópolis – Montevideo
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The Uruguayan Air Force was taking delivery of nine Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan and two Douglas C-47 that were transferred that day to their base in Montevideo. On the leg from Florianópolis to Montevideo, the aircraft suffered a fuel exhaustion and the crew elected to make an emergency landing when the aircraft stalled and crashed on a hilly terrain located near Osorio. The aircraft was destroyed while all three crew members were injured.
Probable cause:
Fuel exhaustion.

Crash of a Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan near Osorio: 3 killed

Date & Time: Sep 9, 1948 at 1830 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
106
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Florianópolis – Montevideo
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The Uruguayan Air Force was taking delivery of nine Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan and two Douglas C-47 that were transferred that day to their base in Montevideo. On the leg from Florianópolis to Montevideo, the aircraft suffered a fuel exhaustion and the crew elected to make an emergency landing when the aircraft hit trees and crashed in flames in a wooded area located near Osorio. The aircraft was destroyed and all three crew members were killed.
Probable cause:
Fuel exhaustion.

Crash of a Vought-Sikorsky VS-44 off Montevideo: 4 killed

Date & Time: Aug 15, 1947 at 2345 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
CX-AIR
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
4403
YOM:
1942
Country:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
While landing by night off Montevideo, the seaplane crashed, overturned and sank. Four crew members were killed while both passengers and a fifth crewman were injured. The aircraft was lost.
Source:
http://1000aircraftphotos.com/Contributions/HornDavid/9343.htm

Crash of a Douglas C-47B-5-DK near Carlos Pellegrini: 14 killed

Date & Time: Dec 3, 1945
Operator:
Registration:
43-48602
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Asunción – Montevideo
MSN:
14418/25863
YOM:
1944
Country:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
14
Circumstances:
Enroute, while flying at a too low altitude, the aircraft hit a hill located 16 km southeast of Carlos Pellegrini, killing all 14 occupants.
Crew:
Cpl Charles W. Brown,
Sgt Frank G. Dubinskas,
1st Lt Zane W. Gilcher,
Cpl David S. Kellogg,
1st Lt Earl S. King Jr.,
1st Lt Reuben Klein,
Pfc Theodore H. Leopold,
1st Lt Chester F. Lowe,
1st Lt Orville A. Michelsen,
1st Lt William B. Nunemaker,
Sgt James R. Roberson,
T/Sgt Richard W. Schweitzer,
Sgt Clarence Joseph Setko.