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Last updated: 28 September 2021
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Freitag 16 Januar 1959
Zeit:21:40
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-50-CU Commando
Fluggesellschaft:Austral Lineas Aéreas
Kennzeichen: LV-GED
Werknummer: 30514
Baujahr: 1944
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-75
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 5 / Insassen: 5
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 46 / Insassen: 47
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 51 / Insassen: 52
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:1,2 km (0.8 Meilen) vom Land entfernt von Mar del Plata, BA (   Argentinien)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Buenos Aires-Jorge Newbery Airport, BA (AEP/SABE), Argentinien
Flug nach:Mar del Plata Airport, BA (MDQ/SAZM), Argentinien
Flugnummer: 205
Unfallbericht:
Departure for Mar del Plata was delayed by 35 minutes due to bad weather there. The plane finally took off from Buenos Aires at 19:50 for the IFR flight to Mar del Plata. Arriving near Mar del Plata, the flight was cleared for a runway 12 approach and landing. The aircraft arrived over the runway threshold at 85 m and attempted to land. The C-46 overshot without even touching the runway, and a missed approach procedure was carried out. At 1200 m offshore the aircraft descended gradually into the sea.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot failed during a missed approach procedure to observe the instrument flight procedure and attempted to continue visual flight by night in unfavourable weather conditions. The aircraft then lost altitude and descended into the sea.
Contributing factors were: 1) As the pilot was not familiar with the airport in this type of operation, he miscalculated during the instrument approach procedure; 2) The pilot's temporarily confused mental state, when he found himself in this critical situation, affectected his capabilty and skill; 3) The radio beacon was out of service and the lighting was poor because of the weather conditions at the time of the approach; 4) Unsatifactory dispatching of the aircraft by the operator."

Informationsquelle:
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 62-AN/57 (60-64)
» Informe Final de Accidente de Aviación Nro. 1191 / Junta de Investigación de Accidentes de Aviación Civil (JIAAC)


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Distance from Buenos Aires-Jorge Newbery Airport, BA to Mar del Plata Airport, BA as the crow flies is 382 km (239 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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