Crash-aerien 27 JAN 1966 d'un Curtiss C-46A-40-CU Commando LV-GFW - Río Cuarto, CD
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Date:jeudi 27 janvier 1966
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-40-CU Commando
Compagnie:Aerovías Halcón
Immatriculation: LV-GFW
Numéro de série: 26961
Année de Fabrication: 1944
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 4
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 4
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:5 km (3.1 milles) S of Río Cuarto, CD (   Argentine)
Phase de vol: A l'atterrissage (LDG)
Aéroport de départ:Río Gallegos Internacional Airport, SC (RGL/SAWG), Argentine
Aéroport de destination:Villa Reynolds Airport, SL (SAOR), Argentine
The cargo flight Rio Grande-Rio Gallegos-Rio Cuarto-Buenos Aires, which had to be completed in daylight, ran late due to delays in the loading of 99 sheep. It was dark outside by the time the aircraft left Rio Gallegos. The destination had been changed to Villa Reynolds, which had electric lighting instead of kerosene putts at Rio Cuarto. Although weather was worsening, the crew didn't change to an IFR flight plan. Various attempts to contact Villa Reynolds failed so the crew decided to divert to Rio Cuarto by following a roadway, illuminated from time to time by lightning flashes and headlights of automobile traffic. The crew managed to find the airport and overflew it first. The airport employees meanwhile weren't able to keep the kerosene putts alight due to rain and wind. Four vehicles were dispatched to mark the runway threshold with their headlights.
The crew got lost and asked the controller to determine their position relative to the airport by the noise of the engines. While attempting a second run over the field to locate the runway, the aircraft descended into the ground and slid on flat ground for 300 m, broke a wire fence and came to rest in a cornfield 5 km NE of the airport.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Collision with terrain while trying to land in adverse and unstable conditions due to continuation of the flight at night in known and visible adverse meteorological conditions, aggravated by the lack of an alternate aerodrome or sufficient endurance to effect a diversion."


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Río Gallegos Internacional Airport, SC et Villa Reynolds Airport, SL est de 2009 km (1255 miles).

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