Accident description
Last updated: 18 April 2014
Date:Tuesday 19 October 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6B
Registration: HI-146
C/n / msn: 43270/187
First flight: 1951
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mt Santa Elena (   Argentina)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Mendoza-El Plumerillo Airport, MD (MDZ/SAME), Argentina
Destination airport:Santiago-Los Cerrillos Airport (ULC/SCTI), Chile
The DC-6 struck a mountain with the no. 1 engine shut down.



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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Mendoza-El Plumerillo Airport, MD to Santiago-Los Cerrillos Airport as the crow flies is 191 km (120 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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