ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3) LV-ACD Pavín, CD
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Monday 16 July 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Aerolineas Argentinas
Registration: LV-ACD
MSN: 13328
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) NE of Pavín, CD (   Argentina)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Buenos Aires/Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport, BA (EZE/SAEZ), Argentina
Destination airport:Río Cuarto Airport, CD (RCU/SAOC), Argentina
The airplane departed Buenos Aires at 05:15 on a regular flight to Río Cuarto. It climbed to the cruising altitude of 4500 feet. At 07:03 the crew contacted Río Cuarto Tower and obtained weather information. Weather was below minima, but the crew decided to attempt an IFR approach and began their descent. The airplane descended below MDA until it flew into terrain.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The decision of the pilot to descend en route, without justifiable reason, below the minimum altitude prescribed for a night flight, and in weather conditions which made it his duty to follow IFR procedure a contributing cause probably being an error between control tower and aircraft in the transmission or interpretation of barometric pressure of QFE and QNH values."

Wrong altimeter setting
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Informe Final de Accidente de Aviación Nro. 743 / Junta de Investigación de Accidentes de Aviación (JIACA)


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Distance from Buenos Aires/Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport, BA to Río Cuarto Airport, CD as the crow flies is 561 km (350 miles).

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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