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Región Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo

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

Date & Time: Mar 22, 2012 at 0058 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
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. While cruising by night at FL280 and while in contact with Puerto Montt ATC, pilots lost control of the aircraft which dove into the ground before crashing on the north slope of the Macá volcano, some 10 km northeast of Puerto Aguirre, in the region of Aysén. SAR localised the debris of the aircraft on Saturday 24MAR2012 in the morning. All eight occupants were killed.

Crash of a Piper PA-31-310 Navajo in Coyhaique: 7 killed

Date & Time: Feb 3, 1986
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CC-KKC
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Coyhaique – Tobalaba
MSN:
31-8112070
YOM:
1981
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Coyhaique-Teniente Vidal Airport, while climbing, the twin engine aircraft struck the slope of Mt Fraile located 8 km southeast of the airport. Operated by the Club Aéreo del Personal de Carabineros (CAPC), the aircraft was destroyed and all seven occupants were killed. The aircraft had dual registration CC-KKC and C-16.

Crash of a Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina in Lake Gutierrez: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jan 27, 1986
Registration:
CC-CCS
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
2043
YOM:
1944
Flight number:
Tanker 34
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Engaged in a fire fighting mission, Tanker 34 was completing a scoop procedure in Lake Gutierrez when it struck an obstacle floating on water, maybe a tree trunk. The airplane came to rest and sak. A pilot was rescued while the second was killed.

Crash of a Douglas C-47B-15-DK near Coyhaique

Date & Time: Aug 7, 1981
Registration:
CC-CBW
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
15259/26704
YOM:
1944
Country:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances near Coyhaique Airport. There were no casualties.

Crash of a Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando in Cochrane: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jul 31, 1981 at 1039 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
CC-CAT
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Cochrane - Villa O'Higgins
MSN:
33236
YOM:
1945
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The airplane was engaged in a cargo flight from Cochrane to Villa O'Higgins, carrying six tons of various goods. After takeoff from Cochrane Airport, while initial climb, the airplane rolled to the right, lost height and crashed on a small hill located 3 km from the airfield. The aircraft was destroyed and all five occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Failure of the right engine after rotation for unknown reasons.

Crash of a Curtiss C-46A-50-CU Commando in Puerto Aysén: 3 killed

Date & Time: Dec 17, 1973
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
CC-COA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
30576
YOM:
1944
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
While approaching Puerto Aysén Airport, the airplane banked left then entered a dive and crashed few km from the airfield. The aircraft was destroyed on impact and all three occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Failure of the left elevator that detached in flight, causing the airplane to become uncontrollable.

Crash of a Douglas C-49K near Coyhaique: 36 killed

Date & Time: Apr 8, 1968
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CC-CBM
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Santiago – Coihaique
MSN:
6330
YOM:
1942
Flight number:
LCO213
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
33
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
36
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight from Santiago de Chile (flight LCO213), the crew started the descent to Coyhaique-Teniente Vidal Airport when the airplane went out of control, entered a dive and crashed in a mountainous area. The wreckage was found few hours later 24 km northwest of Coyhaique, in an uninhabited area. The aircraft was destroyed and all 36 occupants have been killed.
Probable cause:
The exact cause of the accident could not be determined with certainty. However, it is believed that the airplane encountered severe atmospheric turbulences, causing the right wing to detach in flight.

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-75-DL near Puerto Aysén: 19 killed

Date & Time: Jun 16, 1963 at 1500 LT
Operator:
Registration:
953
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Coihaique – Pueto Aysén
MSN:
19465
YOM:
1944
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
17
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
19
Circumstances:
While descending to Puerto Aysén on a flight from Coihaique-Teniente Vidal Airport, the crew encountered marginal weather conditions when the aircraft struck the slope of Mt Pérez located 42 km from the airport. A passenger was seriously injured while 19 other occupants were killed.

Crash of a Beechcraft C18S in Cochrane

Date & Time: Dec 22, 1958 at 1454 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CC-CSA-489
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Puerto Aysén - Cochrane
MSN:
6948
YOM:
1944
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Upon landing at Cochrane Airport, the right tire burst. Both main landing gear collapsed and the airplane skidded on its belly and came to rest. All three occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was not repaired.
Probable cause:
The right tire burst upon landing.

Crash of a Canadian Vickers Vedette off Santa Elena Island: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jan 23, 1930 at 1645 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
5
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Puerto Montt - Puerto Aysén
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
While cruising at an altitude of about 500 metres on a flight from Puerto Montt to Puerto Aysén, the crew encountered marginal weather conditions. Control was lost and the airplane crashed in the estuary of the Aysén River, off Santa Elena Island. Commander Arturo Merino Benítez (First Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Air Force), who was in Puerto Montt that day, initiated a SAR operation with his mechanic aboard the Junkers G24 registered J6 which had been fitted with floats at the base of Chamiza. Unfortunately, all operations were suspended after two days as no trace of the aircraft nor both occupants was found.
Crew:
Lt Aníbal Vidal Silva, pilot,
Cpl Alfredo Román Garay, mechanic.
Probable cause:
Loss of control probably consecutive to intense gusts/downdrafts while approaching the Santa Elena Island which is permanently affected by storms and covered by banks of fog.