Narrative: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 100m 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).
|Date:||Sunday 12 June 1988|
|Type:||McDonnell Douglas DC-9-81|
|Operator:||Austral Lineas Aéreas|
|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|
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.
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).