Crash of a Douglas C-47A-20-DK on Mt Osorno: 7 killed

Date & Time: Jan 28, 1959 at 1349 LT
Operator:
Registration:
952
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Santiago – Punta Arenas
MSN:
12976
YOM:
1944
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
En route from Santiago to Punta Arenas, the aircraft struck the slope of the volcano Osorno (2,652 meters high). The wreckage was spotted by the crew of a Chilean Army helicopter two days later. All seven occupants were killed in the accident.

Crash of a Caudron C.635 Simoun in Guatemala City

Date & Time: Feb 16, 1938
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
F-ANXK
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
New York - Guatemala City - Punta Arenas
MSN:
7088.15
YOM:
1935
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a flight from New York to Punta Arenas, south Chile. While taking off from Guatemala City Airport, the aircraft was unable to gain height, stalled and crashed in a field past the runway end. Both aviators were injured and aircraft was destroyed.
Crew:
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, pilot,
André Prévot, pilot.
Probable cause:
Aircraft could not takeoff due to a mistake in the fuel quantity. The crew made confusion between US and British gallons. So, the aircraft was too heavy on departure and was unable to climb due to a considerable amount of fuel on board.

Crash of a Sikorsky S-43 off Desertores Island: 9 killed

Date & Time: Jun 2, 1937
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
2
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Puerto Montt – Punta Arenas
MSN:
4319
YOM:
1936
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
The seaplane was on its way from Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas, operating the line christened 'Línea Experimental Puerto Montt-Magallanes'. En route, while cruising off the Chiloé Islands, the aircraft disappeared and crashed into the sea. Some debris were found few days later on the shores of the Desertores Island. No trace of the occupants was found.

Crash of a Junkers R-42 off Punta Arenas: 3 killed

Date & Time: Feb 7, 1930
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
J6
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Puerto Montt – Punta Arenas
MSN:
928
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
While on approach to Punta Arenas, an engine failed. Crew attempted to make an emergency landing but aircraft eventually crashed in the Strait of Magellan, off Punta Arenas. Both crew and a passenger were killed while all three other occupants, among them General Arturo Merino Benítez, were injured.
Probable cause:
Engine failure.