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Last updated: 13 December 2017
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:samedi 7 juin 2008
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Compagnie:Patagonia Airlines
Immatriculation: CC-CTR
Numéro de série: 208B-1137
Année de Fabrication: 2005
Moteurs: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Equipage:victimes: 1 / à bord: 1
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 9
Total:victimes: 1 / à bord: 10
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:18 km (11.3 milles) W of La Junta (   Chili)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Puerto Montt-Marcel Marchant Airport (SCPF), Chili
Aéroport de destination:La Junta Airport (SCLJ), Chili
A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan passenger plane was damaged beyond repair in an accident near La Junta, Chile. The pilot died in the accident but all nine passengers survived.
Grand Caravan CC-CTR was scheduled to take off at 09:30 local time but poor weather conditions en route forced the pilot to postpone the flight. The Cessna eventually took off from Puerto Montt (PMC) at 13:15, bound for La Junta, where it was expected to arrive at 14:25.
The airplane failed to arrive at the destination and was declared missing. The next day ELT signals from the plane were received near Yeco, but fresh snow hampered search crew from finding the missing airplane. The plane was finally located on June 11 at 12:30. The aircraft had crashed in a forested mountain slope at an altitude of 3300 feet. All passengers had survived.

Probable Cause:

MOST PROBABLE CAUSE (translated from Spanish): Operational error by the pilot in command, to continue a VFR flight after entering IMC, losing visual references that would guarantee to maintain separation with terrain, and inadvertently hitting a hill.
Inadequate planning by the pilot in command in not considering the weather conditions on the route and destination.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: DGAC Chile
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 12 months
Accident number: Accidente 1488
Download report: Final report

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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Puerto Montt-Marcel Marchant Airport et La Junta Airport est de 283 km (177 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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