Crash of a Cessna 510 Citation Mustang in Los Ángeles: 1 killed

Date & Time: Aug 6, 2019 at 1820 LT
Operator:
Registration:
CC-ANR
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Concepción - Los Ángeles
MSN:
510-0455
YOM:
2013
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
On final approach to Los Ángeles-María Dolores Airport, the airplane crashed in flames in a wooded area located about 500 meters short of runway 18. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and the pilot, sole on board, was killed. The accident occurred 19 minutes after sunset.

Crash of a Britten Norman BN-2B-27 Islander in Puerto Montt: 6 killed

Date & Time: Apr 16, 2019 at 1100 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
CC-CYR
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Puerto Montt - Ayacara
MSN:
2169
YOM:
1983
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Puerto Montt-Marcel Marchant (La Paloma) Airport, while in initial climb, the twin engine airplane lost height and crashed in flames onto a house located in a residential area about 400 meters from the airfield. The house and the aircraft were totally destroyed by a post crash fire and all six occupants have been killed. Two people in the house were slightly injured.

Crash of a Piper PA-31-310 Navajo in Port Raúl Marín Balmaceda

Date & Time: Dec 28, 2013 at 1000 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CC-CMM
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Puerto Montt - Port Raúl Marín Balmaceda
MSN:
31-315
YOM:
1968
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
7480
Captain / Total hours on type:
3100.00
Circumstances:
The pilot departed Puerto Montt at 0900LT on a positioning flight to Port Raúl Marín Balmaceda to pick up five passengers. On approach, the pilot decided to complete a loss pass to evaluate the landing conditions and the wind component. Shortly later, the aircraft landed on its belly and slid for few dozen metres before coming to rest in a grassy area. The pilot was uninjured and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
The pilot forgot to lower the landing gear prior to landing.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft B90 King Air in Viña del Mar

Date & Time: Dec 19, 2013 at 2100 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CC-CVZ
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Viña del Mar - Santiago de Chile
MSN:
LJ-441
YOM:
1969
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
15844
Captain / Total hours on type:
4000.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
10367
Copilot / Total hours on type:
17
Aircraft flight hours:
8870
Circumstances:
The crew departed Viña del Mar-Torquemada Airport on a positioning flight to Santiago de Chile. Shortly after takeoff, the crew encountered technical problems and elected to return. On approach, both engines failed and on short final by night, the aircraft stalled and crashed 450 metres short of runway 05. Both pilots escaped uninjured and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Both engines stopped during flight due to fuel exhaustion as the main fuel tanks were empty. It was not possible for the crew to transfer fuel from the auxiliary tanks (wing tips) due to the intermittent function of the fuel pump.
Final Report:

Crash of a Dornier DO228-202K in Viña del Mar: 2 killed

Date & Time: Sep 9, 2013 at 0950 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CC-CNW
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Coquimbo - Viña del Mar
MSN:
8063
YOM:
1986
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
15537
Captain / Total hours on type:
12431.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
10777
Aircraft flight hours:
25012
Circumstances:
The crew departed Coquimbo on a positioning flight to Viña del Mar to pick up passengers who need to fly to a mining area located in Los Perlambres. As the ILS system was inoperative, the crew was forced to complete a non-precision approach to runway 05. The visibility was poor due to foggy conditions. On final approach, while the aircraft was unstable, the crew descended below the MDA until the aircraft collided with power cables and crashed in an open field located about 1,8 km short of runway. The aircraft was destroyed upon impact and both pilots were killed.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain following the decision of the crew to continue the approach below the MDA without visual contact with the runway until the aircraft impacted ground.
The following contributing factors were identified:
- Failure to apply the concepts of Crew Resource Management (CRM).
- Failure to use checklists.
- Failure to brief the maneuvers to be executed.
- Loss of situational awareness of the crew.
- Failure to keep a sterile cockpit during approach.
- Complacency and overconfidence of the pilots.
- Unstabilized instrument approach.
- Lack and/or non-use of equipment and systems to support the flight.
Final Report:

Crash of a Rockwell Shrike Commander 500S off El Loa: 2 killed

Date & Time: May 18, 2012 at 0150 LT
Operator:
Registration:
CC-CGX
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Iquique - Iquique
MSN:
500-3306
YOM:
1978
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
20183
Captain / Total hours on type:
10000.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
3755
Copilot / Total hours on type:
2137
Aircraft flight hours:
16308
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Iquique-General Diego Aracena Airport at 2115LT on May 17 on a fishing survey and prospection mission over the Pacific Ocean, carrying two pilots. There was sufficient fuel on board for a 7,5-hour flight. While cruising by night, the aircraft entered an uncontrolled descent and crashed in the sea about 30 km northwest of El Loa. Few debris were found floating on water the following morning. Both occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
A loss of control in flight for unknown reasons.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft 350 Super King Air in Puerto Aguirre: 8 killed

Date & Time: Mar 22, 2012 at 0056 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
Captain / Total flying hours:
2578
Captain / Total hours on type:
61.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
2296
Copilot / Total hours on type:
118
Aircraft flight hours:
6218
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. Following an uneventful flight at FL280, the crew was cleared to descend when the aircraft entered an uncontrolled descent while the crew was in contact with Puerto Montt ATC. The aircraft dove into the ground and crashed on the north slope of the Macá volcano, some 10 km northeast of Puerto Aguirre. The wreckage was found in the morning of March 24 at an altitude of 2,347 metres. The aircraft disintegrated and all 8 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
The exact cause of the accident could not be determined.
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-31-325 Navajo C/R near Quellón: 8 killed

Date & Time: Mar 1, 2012 at 1215 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CC-CYM
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Melinka – Quellón
MSN:
31-8012016
YOM:
1980
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Captain / Total flying hours:
10508
Aircraft flight hours:
3406
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Melinka Airport at 1200LT on a taxi flight to Quellón, carrying seven passengers and one pilot. Eight minutes later, the pilot reported his position at 6,500 feet some 20 NM south of the destination. Six minutes later, at 1214LT, he reported at 3,000 feet some 10 NM southwest of Quellón. Shortly later, radar and radio contacts were lost after the airplane impacted the slope of a mountain located in the Piedra Blanca Mountain Range. The wreckage was found 15 km southwest of Quellón. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and all eight occupants were killed. At the time of the accident, weather conditions were poor with rain, fog and strong winds.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain following the decision of the pilot to continue the flight under VFR mode in IMC conditions.
The following contributing factors were identified:
- Cloudy conditions affecting the area where the accident occurred,
- Entering IMC conditions without clearance,
- Not maintaining the flight under VFR.
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-31T Cheyenne II in Puerto Montt

Date & Time: Jan 19, 2012 at 2100 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CC-PLL
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Santiago – Puerto Montt
MSN:
31-7920005
YOM:
1979
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
30353
Captain / Total hours on type:
972.00
Aircraft flight hours:
6989
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Santiago-Eulogio Sánchez Errázuriz-Tobalaba Airport at 1815LT on a flight to Puerto Montt, carrying seven passengers and one pilot. On approach to Puerto Montt-Marcel Marchant Airport runway 19, his attention was focused on the GPS and he forgot to lower the landing gear. The aircraft belly landed and slid for few dozen metres before coming to rest on the main runway. All eight occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Belly landing on runway 19 after the pilot forgot to lower the landing gear while approaching the airport.
The following contributing factors were identified:
- Probable distraction of the pilot by keeping his attention mainly on the GPS equipment to maintain the flight path and avoid unnecessary engine power adjustments,
- The pilot failed to follow the approach and landing checklist,
- The pilot failed to check the three gear lights on the cockpit panel,
- The pilot performed an unstabilized approach without completing the pre-landing checklist and eventually stabilized the airplane at a height of 500 feet.
Final Report:

Crash of a Casa 212 Aviocar 300DF 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
YOM:
1994
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
17
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
21
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Santiago de Chile-Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez (Pudahuel) Airport on a special flight to Robinson Crusoe Island, carrying 17 passengers and a crew of four. The flight was organized by NGO's in cooperation with the Chilean National Television to see the progress of the reconstruction on the island of Robinson Crusoe following the 2010 earthquake. Among the occupants were members of the National Television and also from the Council of Culture. The famous Chilean television icon Felipe Camiroaga Fernández was among the passengers. Following an almost 3-hour flight, the crew completed a low pass over the runway 14 then started the approach to runway 32 from the sea. At an altitude of about 650 feet, the aircraft entered an uncontrolled descent, rolled to the left to an angle of 90° and impacted the sea. Debris were found floating on water and the main wreckage was later found about one km southeast from the airport. All 21 occupants were killed.

Personnel from the Chilean Air Force:
Lt Carolina Fernández Quinteros,
Lt Juan Pablo Mallea Lagos,
1st Sgt Eduardo Jones San Martín,
1st Cpl Eduardo Estrada Muñoz,
2nd Cpl Flavio Oliva Pino,
2nd Cpl Erwin Núñez Rebolledo,
Cdt Rodrigo Fernández Apablaza,
José Cifuentes Juica.

Council of Culture:
Galia Diaz Riffo,
Romina Irarrázabal Faggiani.

Chilean National Television:
Felipe Camiroaga Fernández,
Roberto Bruce Pruzzo,
Sylvia Slier Munoz,
Caroline Gatica Aburto,
Rodrigo Cabezón de Amesti.

Members of the 'Desafío Levantemos Chile' NGO:
Felipe Cubillos Sigall,
Sebastián Correa Murillo,
Catalina Vela Montero,
Joel Lizama Nahuelhual,
Jorge Palma Calvo,
Joaquín Arnolds Reyes.
Probable cause:
The accident was caused by the loss of control of the airplane while performing the tailwind leg through the channel between the islands of Robinson Crusoe and Santa Clara to an estimated height of 650 feet or less, during the circuit approach to Runway 32 in a very low trajectory (with little height difference above the runway), where very adverse airflow conditions were found, including wind shear, which exposed the crew to extreme flight conditions.
Adverse airflow conditions were the results of a combination of different factors, including:
- Very unstable atmosphere, with strong turbulence and possibly eventually powerful down gusts arising from the presence of open cells after a front passed,
- The presence of the two counter-rotating vortexes in the Santa Clara Island downwind wake,
- The presence of strong and gusty crosswinds that were very variable in strength and direction in a very short time.