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Accident description
Last updated: 20 May 2018
Date:Sunday 12 June 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic MD81 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-81 (MD-81)
Operator:Austral Lineas Aéreas
Registration: N1003G
C/n / msn: 48050/989
First flight: 1981
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-209
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) S of Posadas Airport, MI (PSS) (   Argentina)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Resistencia Airport, CH (RES/SARE), Argentina
Destination airport:Posadas Airport, MI (PSS/SARP), Argentina
Flightnumber: 046
At 07:04 Flight 046 departed Buenos Aires-Aeroparque Jorge Newbery runway 31 for a flight to Resistencia and Posadas. The plane departed Resistencia at 08:40 following a 26-minute stopover. At 09:09, the crew establish radio contact with Posadas TWR, reporting at FL 090, VMC, at 30 NM from the airport. Some 7 minutes later the controller cleared AU 046 for a runway 01 VOR/DME approach, requesting the crew to report over the VOR, and cleared the flight to descend to 4000 feet. Weather at that time was very poor, with about 100 m visibility in fog. At 09:20 the aircraft struck the top of an eucalyptus forest, at 3022 m (1,63 NM) from the runway 01 threshold and at 25 to 26 m AGL (75 to 78 ft) heading 015 magnetic degrees (approximately).

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Impacto contra una arboleda y posterior incendio, debido a efectuar una aproximación por instrumentos, sin respetar
lo indicado por la carta correspondiente para ese aeropuerto. " (Impact against woods and subsequent fire, due to carrying out an instrument approach, without
respecting the indicated weather minima for that airport.)

» ICAO Adrep 3/88 (#17)
» ICAO Adrep 6/88 (#52)
» Informe Final de Investigación de Accidente de Aviación Civil / JIACA

Follow-up / safety actions
It was suggested to improve the protection of the insulating material for the equipment as well as for the ducts that allows the passing of wires inside the the FDR and CVR.


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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 Resistencia Airport, CH to Posadas Airport, MI as the crow flies is 304 km (190 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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