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Accident description
Last updated: 25 June 2017
Date:Thursday 9 December 1982
Time:13:27 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild F-27A
Operator:Aeronor Chile
Registration: CC-CJE
C/n / msn: 63
First flight: 1959
Total airframe hrs:47357
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 42 / Occupants: 42
Total:Fatalities: 46 / Occupants: 46
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:La Serena-La Florida Airport (LSC) (   Chile)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Santiago-Los Cerrillos Airport (ULC/SCTI), Chile
Destination airport:La Serena-La Florida Airport (LSC/SCSE), Chile
Flightnumber: 304
After a 1h20 minutes flight from Santiago, the F-27 approached La Serena runway 11. suddenly the aircraft banked left and started a steep descent, crashing into the ground in a nose-up attitude, 2000 m short of the runway. The aircraft burst into flames immediately.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Inadequate flight planning by the pilot-in-command in co-ordinating the adoption of measures and applying procedures to successfully remedy a stall condition caused by total loss of power in the left engine when the aircraft was flying at low altitude on final approach to land, in landing configuration" (Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Chile)

Loss of control

» ICAO Circular 191-AN/116


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Distance from Santiago-Los Cerrillos Airport to La Serena-La Florida Airport as the crow flies is 399 km (250 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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