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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Date:Friday 30 June 1961
Time:20:57
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-55-CK Commando
Operator:Transcontinental - TSA
Registration: LV-FTO
C/n / msn: 193
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hrs:8926
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 35
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Buenos Aires-Jorge Newbery Airport, BA (AEP) (   Argentina)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Córdoba-Pajas Blancas Airport, CD (COR/SACO), Argentina
Destination airport:Buenos Aires-Jorge Newbery Airport, BA (AEP/SABE), Argentina
Narrative:
The Curtiss was flying the last (Cordoba-Buenos Aires) leg of a flight from Salta to Buenos Aires. The plane departed Cordoba at 18:46 and climbed to the cruising level of 2700 m. Approaching Buenos Aires, the plane was cleared for a runway 12 instrument approach. At 1300 m short of the runway and 175 m to the right of the extended centreline, the aircraft hit a 8 m high railway signal pole. The outer part of the right wing separate and the Curtiss turned about 45deg to the right, striking a group of trees and telegraph lines. The aircraft came down in a public area and caught fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot failed to follow the instrument approach chart during the approach."

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

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Distance from Córdoba-Pajas Blancas Airport, CD to Buenos Aires-Jorge Newbery Airport, BA as the crow flies is 647 km (404 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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