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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 9 January 1964
Time:09:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-5-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Aerotransportes Litoral Argentino
Registration: LV-FYJ
C/n / msn: 26158/14713
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:31545
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 28
Total:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 31
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:8 km (5 mls) from Zaráte, BA (   Argentina)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Rosario-Fisherton Airport, SF (ROS/SAAR), Argentina
Destination airport:Buenos Aires (unknown airport), BA, Argentina
Flightnumber: 143
Narrative:
The flight took off from Rosario at 09:01 for a flight to Buenos Aires, the last leg of a flight from Santa Fe to Buenos Aires. Flight plan altitude was 1200 m. Turbulence, however, forced the crew to climb to 1800 m and later to 2400 m. At 09:43 the pilot reported a localized fire in the cabin and reported that they intended to make an emergency landing at Zarate. The plane didn't make it to Zarate and was seen trying to make an emergency landing in a field, 9 km from Zarate. The plane struck the ground with the undercarriage, left wing and engine and started to disintegrate. A fire erupted, but didn't spread over the entire aircraft.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Impact with the ground, for reasons which could not be ascertained, during a precautionary landing. There were fumes or smoke in the cabin and No.2 engine was cut and its propeller was windmilling, due to oil leakage."

Sources:
» ICAO Aircraft Accident Digest No.16, Circular 82-AN/69 (6-9)


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