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Accident description
Last updated: 30 August 2015
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 2 August 1947
Time:ca 17:45 UTC
Type:Avro 691 Lancastrian 3
Operator:British South American Airways - BSAA
Registration: G-AGWH
C/n / msn: 1280
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hrs:1655
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Merlin
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Tupungato Mountain (   Argentina)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Morón AB, BA (SADM), Argentina
Destination airport:Santiago-Los Cerrillos Airport (ULC/SCTI), Chile
Flightnumber:CS59
Narrative:
Went missing over the Andes mountains while on a flight to Buenos Aires.
In 1998, two Argentine mountaineers climbing Mount Tupungato, about 50 miles (80 km) east of Santiago, found the wreckage of a Rolls-Royce Merlin aircraft engine, along with twisted pieces of metal and shreds of clothing, in the Tupungato Glacier at an elevation of 15,000 ft (4,600 m). In 2000, an Argentine Army expedition found additional wreckage, including a propeller and wheels.


OPINION: "Through lack of evidence due to no wreckage having been found the actual cause of the accident remains obscure. The possibility of severe icing cannot be ignored."

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» The Civil Aircraft Registers of Great Britain
» Star Dust Falling / J.Rayner


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Distance from Morón AB, BA to Santiago-Los Cerrillos Airport as the crow flies is 1114 km (696 miles).

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