Crash of a Gulfstream GIII off Punta Arenas: 9 killed

Date & Time: Jul 4, 2017 at 1343 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
YV2896
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Maiquetía – Porlamar
MSN:
469
YOM:
1986
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
While approaching the Island of Margarita, en route from Maiquetía-Simon Bolivar Airport to Porlamar, the crew encountered control difficulties and informed ATC about hydraulic issues. The crew performed a rapid descent to 3,000 feet apparently to ditch the aircraft when it crashed into the sea about 16 km west off Punta Arenas. It is believed the aircraft disintegrated on impact and only few debris were found floating on water. No trace of any survivors.

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 Beechcraft Super King Air 350 in Puerto Aguirre: 8 killed

Date & Time: Mar 22, 2012 at 0058 LT
Operator:
Registration:
CC-AEB
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Punta Arenas - Santiago
MSN:
FL-128
YOM:
1995
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was performing an ambulance flight from Puntas Arenas to Santiago with two pilots on board, one patient, three doctors and two relatives. While cruising by night at FL280 and while in contact with Puerto Montt ATC, pilots lost control of the aircraft which dove into the ground before crashing on the north slope of the Macá volcano, some 10 km northeast of Puerto Aguirre, in the region of Aysén. SAR localised the debris of the aircraft on Saturday 24MAR2012 in the morning. All eight occupants were killed.

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 CN235M-100 in Teniente Rodolfo Marsh

Date & Time: Feb 25, 1992
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
E-217
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Punta Arenas – Teniente Rodolfo 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
Circumstances:
Landing at Teniente Rodolfo Marsh-Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva Airport was completed on an icy and snowy runway. After touchdown, control was lost. The aircraft veered off runway, went down an embankment and came to rest. All 11 occupants were injured and the aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a BAe 146-200A in Puerto Williams: 20 killed

Date & Time: Feb 20, 1991 at 1524 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CC-CET
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Punta Arenas - Puerto Williams
MSN:
E2061
YOM:
1986
Flight number:
LA1069
Country:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
66
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
20
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight from Punta Arenas, the crew was cleared for a VOR approach to runway 26. After the wind component changed, the crew decided to perform a straight-in approach to runway 08. The aircraft landed too far down the runway (427 meters past the runway threshold) and at a speed of 112 knots (Vref was 110 knots with a target touchdown speed of 103 knots). Unable to stop within the remaining distance, the aircraft overran, plunged in the Beagle Canal and came to rest about 20 meters from the shore. 17 occupants were wounded and 35 other occupants escaped uninjured. 20 passengers were killed in the accident.
Probable cause:
Poor approach planning and wrong approach configuration on part of the crew who landed too far down the runway (1,440 meters long). The following contributing factors were reported:
- Marginal weather conditions,
- Unfavorable wind component as the crew landed with a 6 knots tailwind,
- Wet runway surface and poor braking action.

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.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-5D Buffalo in Punta Arenas

Date & Time: Dec 31, 1981
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
920
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
96
YOM:
1980
Country:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances upon landing at Punta Arenas-Presidente Carlos Ibáñez Airport. There were no casualties. The exact date remains unknown, somewhere during 1981.

Crash of a Douglas DC-6B in Puerto Montt: 38 killed

Date & Time: Jul 24, 1977 at 1900 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
989
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Punta Arenas – Puerto Montt – Santiago
MSN:
45534/1012
YOM:
1958
Country:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
75
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
38
Circumstances:
On approach to Puerto Montt-El Tepual Airport, the crew encountered very bad weather conditions with rain falls and a limited visibility due to the night. In unknown circumstances, the four engine airplane crashed in flames in a swampy area located five km short of runway. All seven crew members and 31 passengers were killed while 44 other occupants were injured.

Crash of a Curtiss C-46D-15-CU Commando off Punta Arenas: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jul 18, 1968
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CC-CDI
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
33445
YOM:
1945
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances into the Magellan Straits, killing all five occupants.