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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44231
Last updated: 23 November 2021
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Time:13:26 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic C72R model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172RG Cutlass
Registration: PT-OJN
MSN: 172RG1021
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mendoza -   Argentina
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Mendoza (SAME)
Destination airport:Santiago (SCEL)
Investigating agency: JIAAC Argentina
On January 3, 2006, about 1326 UTC, a Cessna 172RG, Brazilian registration PT-OJN, serial number 172RG1021, operated by a private individual, collided with terrain about 12 nm west of Mendoza, Argentina. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and a visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight from Mendoza to Santiago, Chile. The airplane was destroyed and the pilot and 3 passengers received fatal injuries. The flight departed Mendoza, at 1311.

Information received from the Government of Argentina indicated that the flight departed El Plumerillo Airport, Mendoza, Argentina, enroute to Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, Santiago, Chile. About 15 minutes after departure contact was lost with the flight. The wreckage was located in mountainous terrain about 12 nm from the Mendoza VOR on the 206 degree radial.

During a crossing flight between Mendoza and Santiago de Chile, during the ascent phase, when the pilot tries to cross the Andes, the aircraft impacts against the slope of a hill, due to an insufficient ascent regime to overcome the obstacles.
Contributing factors
1) Trying to follow an inadequate route due to the height of the hills to be flown, due to an incorrect previous preparation of the flight.
2) Lack of experience of the pilot in mountain flights.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: JIAAC Argentina
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
26-Oct-2015 05:02 junior sjc Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Nature, Narrative]
16-Aug-2020 06:39 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [Source, Narrative]
16-Aug-2020 06:40 harro Updated [Narrative, Accident report, ]

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