Narrative:The crew noticed a power loss on the no. 1 engine shortly after lift-off. The aircraft lost height and a forced landing was carried out on the 950m runway length remaining. The 1-11 was slowed down by Argentine Navy arresting cables (for A4Q aircraft). The cables broke however, damaging the aircraft and puncturing a fuel tank. The fuel ignited by friction sparks.
|Date:||Tuesday 4 December 1973|
|Type:||BAC One-Eleven 521FH|
|Operator:||Austral Lineas Aéreas|
|C/n / msn:|| 192|
|First flight:|| 1969|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 68|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 74 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Bahía Blanca-Comandante Airport, BA (BHI) (Argentina)
|Phase:|| Initial climb (ICL)|
|Departure airport:||Bahía Blanca-Comandante Espora Airport, BA (BHI/SAZB), Argentina|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Aborted take-off due to apparent loss of power. This was caused by the aircraft having touched down on the runway again, after initial lift-off, whilst the crew were distracted by a bird of considerable size which was flying past the left hand windscreen."
LV-JNR was briefly leased to Court Line for the 1971 summer season and returned to Argentina in October.
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.