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Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena

Crash of a BAe 146 in Puerto Williams: 20 killed

Date & Time: Feb 20, 1991 at 1524 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CC-CET
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Punta Arenas-Puerto Williams
MSN:
E2061
YOM:
1986
Country:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
66
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
20

Crash of a Beechcraft E18S in Porvenir

Date & Time: Aug 1, 1980
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
CC-CAK
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Porvenir – Punta Arenas
MSN:
BA-306
YOM:
1957
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
At liftoff, the right engine failed. The airplane banked right, causing the right main gear to struck the ground and to be torn off. The aircraft crash landed and came to rest. All 11 occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was written off.
Probable cause:
Failure of the right engine at takeoff for unknown reasons.

Crash of an IAI Arava 201 near Puerto Williams: 8 killed

Date & Time: Nov 21, 1979 at 1430 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
LV-MRX
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Río Gallegos – Ushuaia
MSN:
54
YOM:
1979
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Río Gallegos on a special flight to Ushuaia, carrying five members of the YPF and Hidronor Company who were completing visits of local oil fields. An ILS approach to Ushuaia Airport was initiated from the southeast. While descending, the crew encountered poor weather conditions when the airplane struck a hilly terrain and crashed about 20 km southeast of Ushuaia, about 25 km west of Puerto Williams, on Chilean territory. The aircraft was destroyed and all eight occupants were killed.
Crew:
Roberto Couceiro, pilot,
Vicente Sanz, copilot,
Guillermo Pérez, flight engineer.
Passengers:
Raúl Agustín Ondarts,
Carlos maria Sureda,
Guillermo Zubarán,
Luis Amílcar Medina,
Osvaldo Rubén Zenobi.

Crash of a Curtiss C-46D-15-CU Commando off Punta Arenas: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jul 18, 1968
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CC-CDI
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
33445
YOM:
1945
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances into the Magellan Straits, killing all five occupants.

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-75-DL in Punta Arenas

Date & Time: Jul 30, 1962
Operator:
Registration:
CC-CLDM
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Punta Arenas – Santiago
MSN:
19383
YOM:
1944
Country:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed on takeoff at Punta Arenas Airport. There were no casualties but the aircraft was written off.

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-1-DK in Porvenir

Date & Time: May 29, 1954
Operator:
Registration:
CC-CLH
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
11883
YOM:
1943
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
26
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The approach to Porvenir Airport was completed in strong crosswinds. On touchdown, the aircraft went out of control, veered off runway and came to rest in flames. All 29 occupants were able to evacuate the cabin without serious injuries but the aircraft was destroyed by fire.
Probable cause:
Caught by strong crosswinds on landing.

Crash of an Avro 694 Lincoln IIA on Mt Roncagly Ewn: 11 killed

Date & Time: Mar 22, 1950
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
B-019
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Río Gallegos – Ushuaia
MSN:
1495
Country:
Crew on board:
11
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
11
Circumstances:
While descending to Ushuaia on a flight from Río Gallegos, the crew informed ground about his position vertical to Lake Fagnano. Few minutes later, while cruising at an altitude of 600 meters, the airplane hit the slope of the Mt Roncagly Ewn located near the Almirantazgo fjord, on the south part of Chile. SAR operations were conducted but eventually suspended few days later as no trace of the aircraft nor the crew was found. The wreckage was discovered by walkers 33 years later, in 1983, in an isolated area located west of Ushuaia.
Crew:
Cpt Bautista Faustino Mendioroz,
1st Lt Raúl Juan Zarzuela,
Lt Emilio Barrios,
Lt Marcos Carlos Modolo,
Lt José Enrique Marcuzzi,
Lt José Antonio Bianchi,
Sgt Adrián Enrique Heynen,
Sgt Adelmo Carmen Amoroso,
Sgt Hector Oscar Ibañez,
Maj Federico Nicolás Pacheco,
Maj Humberto Francisco Losardo.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain.

Crash of a Lockheed 10A Electra in Punta Chilota

Date & Time: Jan 15, 1947
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CC-CLF
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
1142
YOM:
1940
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew landed in the first portion of this short runway located in a hilly terrain near Punta Chilota. The aircraft was unable to stop properly, overran and came to rest. While both crew members Arturo Prado Orozco (captain) and Antonio Dagnino (copilot) were unhurt, the airplane christened 'Inés de Suarez' was damaged beyond repair. It was later transferred by boat to Punta Arenas and then to Valparaiso but was never repaired. The accident occurred in January 1947 (exact date remains unknown).

Crash of a Junkers R-42 off Punta Arenas: 3 killed

Date & Time: Feb 7, 1930
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
J6
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Puerto Montt – Punta Arenas
MSN:
928
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
While on approach to Punta Arenas, an engine failed. Crew attempted to make an emergency landing but aircraft eventually crashed in the Strait of Magellan, off Punta Arenas. Both crew and a passenger were killed while all three other occupants, among them General Arturo Merino Benítez, were injured.
Probable cause:
Engine failure.