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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-31-325 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 Beechcraft 99A Airliner in Puerto Montt: 9 killed

Date & Time: Jul 10, 2008 at 1025 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CC-CFM
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Puerto Montt - Melinka
MSN:
U-145
YOM:
1971
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Captain / Total flying hours:
17145
Captain / Total hours on type:
563.00
Circumstances:
Shortly after take off, while in initial climb, the pilot declared an emergency after the left engine cowling accidentally opened. He decided to return for an emergency landing and completed a turn. While on final, the pilot elected to maintain 200 feet but the aircraft stalled and crashed 1,500 metres short of runway 01. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all nine occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Operational error of the pilot in command by not applying normal approach procedures recommended by the manufacturer and loss control of the aircraft (stall) while returning to land with the left engine cowling open.
The following contributing factors were identified:
- During the preflight inspection, the pilot failed to detect that the left engine cowling was unlatched,
- Return with the intention of landing with a speed very close to the stall speed, possibly to avoid the detachment of the engine cowling due to the wind force,
- Probable increased stall speed by altering the left wing aerodynamics due to the engine open cowl,
- Not having high enough altitude to recover from a stall condition,
- Possible decreased physiological capabilities of the commander of the aircraft, due to the presence of alcohol in his system,
- Possible pilot distraction due to weather conditions and the opening of the engine cowling.
Final Report:

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 near Cochamó: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jul 2, 2008 at 1430 LT
Operator:
Registration:
947
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Puerto Montt - Puerto Montt
MSN:
404
YOM:
1974
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The crew departed Puerto Montt-El Tepual for a training flight. En route, the twin engine aircraft collided with the cables of a 23,000 volts powerline and crashed on a hilly terrain, bursting into flames. All three crew members were killed.

Crash of a Casa 212-AB10 Aviocar 300 near Puerto Montt: 14 killed

Date & Time: Aug 6, 2000
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
230
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Santiago - Coyhaique
MSN:
454
YOM:
1997
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
14
Circumstances:
En route from Santiago to Coyhaique, the crew encountered severe icing conditions and was cleared to divert to Puerto Montt Airport. Few minutes later, the aircraft lost height and crashed on the slope of Mt Michimahuida. The wreckage was found on August 21. All 14 occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 401 off Chaitén: 5 killed

Date & Time: Mar 2, 1998 at 1505 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CC-CIX
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Chaitén - Puerto Montt
MSN:
401-0029
YOM:
1967
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Chaitén Airport, while climbing, the twin engine aircraft went out of control and crashed in the sea near the La Puntilla harbor. The aircraft was destroyed and all five occupants were killed. It was reported that the aircraft was on fire prior to impact with water, maybe after an engine caught fire.

Crash of a Piper PA-31-310 Navajo B off Chaitén: 8 killed

Date & Time: Nov 29, 1992
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CC-CSR
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Chaitén - Puerto Montt
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
After takeoff from Chaitén Airport, while in initial climb, the twin engine aircraft went out of control and crashed in the gulf of Corcovado, few hundred metres offshore. All eight occupants were killed.

Crash of a Douglas DC-6B in Puerto Montt: 38 killed

Date & Time: Jul 24, 1977 at 1900 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
989
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Punta Arenas – Puerto Montt – Santiago
MSN:
45534/1012
YOM:
1958
Country:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
75
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
38
Circumstances:
On approach to Puerto Montt-El Tepual Airport, the crew encountered very bad weather conditions with rain falls and a limited visibility due to the night. In unknown circumstances, the four engine airplane crashed in flames in a swampy area located five km short of runway. All seven crew members and 31 passengers were killed while 44 other occupants were injured.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 100 in Puerto Montt: 5 killed

Date & Time: Sep 9, 1974
Operator:
Registration:
941
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Puerto Montt - Puerto Montt
MSN:
28
YOM:
1967
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew (two pilots and a flight engineer), departed Puerto Montt-El Tepual Airport for a local training flight. The airplane was also carrying three passengers, three members of the flight engineer's family. On approach, the pilot encountered marginal weather conditions with limited visibility and failed to realize his altitude was too low. On final, the airplane struck tree tops and crashed in a wooded area. A crew member survived while five other occupants were killed.