Accident description
Last updated: 31 October 2014
Status:
Date:Friday 20 May 1955
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-20-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Aerolineas Argentinas
Registration: LV-ACQ
C/n / msn: 13159
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Río Gallegos-Rio Chico Airport, SC (RGL) (   Argentina)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Río Gallegos-Rio Chico Airport, SC (RGL/SAWG), Argentina
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The DC-3 took off from Rio Chico following a 600m ground run but touched down again left of the runway. The left main gear leg broke off and a fire broke out in the no. 1 engine. This fire could not be contained due to a lack of adequate fire fighting equipment.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The fall of the aircraft when the pilot decided to discontinue a take-off which he considered abnormal and which is attributed to the fact that the propeller was probably feathered for undetermined reasons."

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 50-AN/45 (114-115)


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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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