Date & Time: Sep 28, 2005 at 1320 LT
Type of aircraft:
Piper PA-46 (Malibu/Meridian/Mirage/M-Class)
Lake, Sea, Ocean, River
Don Torcuato – Punta del Este
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Captain / Total hours on type:
The single engine aircraft departed Don Torcuato Airport on a private flight to Punta del Este, Uruguay, carrying four passengers and one pilot. About 15 minutes into the flight, while cruising in good weather conditions, the pilot informed ATC about engine problems and elected to divert to Buenos Aires-Aeroparque-Jorge Newbury Airport. Unable to maintain a safe altitude, he eventually ditched the aircraft in the Río de la Plata, about 28 km northeast of Buenos Aires. Quickly on site, rescuers were able to evacuate all five occupants who were uninjured while the aircraft was lost.
Investigations were unable to determine the exact cause of the engine problems.