Crash of a Casa 212 Aviocar off Robinson Crusoe Island: 21 killed

Date & Time: Sep 2, 2011 at 1748 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
966
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Santiago - Robinson Crusoe Island
MSN:
443
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
17
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
21
Circumstances:
While approaching Robinson Crusoe island, aircraft crashed into the sea in unknown circumstances. All 21 occupants were killed. Flight was organised by NGO's in cooperation with the National Chilean Television to see the progress of reconstruction in the island of Robinson Crusoe following the 2010 earthquake. Among the occupants were members from the National Television and also from the Council of Culture. The famous Chilean television icon Felipe Camiroaga was among the passengers.

Crash of a Piper PA-31T Cheyenne II in Valparaiso

Date & Time: Apr 15, 2011 at 1200 LT
Registration:
CC-CZC
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Robinson Crusoe - Valparaiso
MSN:
31-7920072
YOM:
1979
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On landing at Valparaiso in good weather conditions, aircraft veered off runway, crossed a highway and came to rest in a wooded area along the highway. Aircraft was damaged beyond repair as both occupants were slightly injured. Nobody on the ground was involved. Aircraft was carrying 1,000 pounds of lobsters and the landing was performed with 12 kt wind.

Crash of a Piper PA-31-310 Navajo off Robinson Crusoe Island

Date & Time: Jun 4, 1991
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
CC-CGP
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
31-597
YOM:
1970
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Few minutes after takeoff from Robinson Crusoe Island, en route for the continent, the crew encountered engine problems and elected to ditch the aircraft about 13 km offshore. The crew of a fishing boat was able to rescue all four occupant while the aircraft sank and was lost.

Crash of a Rockwell Aero Commander 680 into the Pacific Ocean: 8 killed

Date & Time: Oct 6, 1972 at 1344 LT
Registration:
CC-CEO
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Santiago - Valparaíso - Robinson Crusoe Island
MSN:
680-288-3
YOM:
1956
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane was completing a charter flight from Santiago de Chile to the Island of Robinson Crusoe on behalf of the Fishing Cooperative of Juan Fernandez. After departing Los Cerrillos Airport in Santiago, the pilot completed a technical stop at Valparaíso-Rodelillo Airport to refuel. While cruising at an altitude of 6,000 feet about 330 km west the Chilean coast in strong west winds, the pilot informed ATC about an engine failure. Shortly later, the airplane crashed into the Pacific Ocean. SAR operations were conducted but no trace of the airplane nor the eight occupants was ever found.
Crew:
Germán Acevedo Salas, pilot.
Passengers:
Víctor Duque Martínez,
Eulogio Riveros,
Carmen Camacho,
Mónica Araya,
N. Araya,
Guillermina N. de Araya,
Varsovia N. de Recabarren.
Probable cause:
Due to lack of evidences, the exact cause of the accident could not be determined with certainty. However, the assumption that the engine failure was caused by fuel contaminated by water was not ruled out.