Date & Time: Jun 6, 2012 at 1955 LT
Type of aircraft:
Swearingen SA227 Metro III
Lake, Sea, Ocean, River
Montevideo - Buenos Aires
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Crew was performing a cargo flight from Montevideo to Buenos Aires on behalf of DHL. Aircraft left runway 24 at Montevideo-Carrasco Airport at 1945LT and crew was cleared to climb to FL080. While reaching a height of 4,500 feet, aircraft went out of control and dove into the sea off Flores Island, in the Rio de la Plata. Some debris were found a day later but the wreckage was localized two weeks later one NM south of Flores Island. The CVR was found on 02AUG2012 but was inexploitable as the content was concerning the last thirty minutes of the precedent flight. On 11FEB2013, fishermen found the cargo door in their fishnet.
In a preliminary report, Uruguayan Authorities confirmed the aircraft dove into the sea and impacted the water at an angle of forty degrees nose down and at a speed of 570 knots (1,055 km/h), which caused the total disintegration of the aircraft. No trace of the cargo nor the crew was ever found. Investigations revealed that both engines were running normally at impact, that no propeller blades were lost during descent, that fuel was not contaminated and that no problems occurred on the on board electrical system. Meteorological Office confirmed that severe icing conditions prevailed at the time of the accident from a height of 1,000 feet to FL150.