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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 7 June 2008
Time:13:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:Patagonia Airlines
Registration: CC-CTR
C/n / msn: 208B-1137
First flight: 2005
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 10
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:18 km (11.3 mls) W of La Junta (   Chile)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Puerto Montt-Marcel Marchant Airport (SCPF), Chile
Destination airport:La Junta Airport (SCLJ), Chile
Narrative:
A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan passenger plane was damaged beyond repair in an accident near La Junta, Chile. The pilot died in the accident but all nine passengers survived.
Grand Caravan CC-CTR was scheduled to take off at 09:30 local time but poor weather conditions en route forced the pilot to postpone the flight. The Cessna eventually took off from Puerto Montt (PMC) at 13:15, bound for La Junta, where it was expected to arrive at 14:25.
The airplane failed to arrive at the destination and was declared missing. The next day ELT signals from the plane were received near Yeco, but fresh snow hampered search crew from finding the missing airplane. The plane was finally located on June 11 at 12:30. The aircraft had crashed in a forested mountain slope at an altitude of 3300 feet. All passengers had survived.

Probable Cause:

MOST PROBABLE CAUSE (translated from Spanish): Operational error by the pilot in command, to continue a VFR flight after entering IMC, losing visual references that would guarantee to maintain separation with terrain, and inadvertently hitting a hill.
CONTRIBUTING FACTOR:
Inadequate planning by the pilot in command in not considering the weather conditions on the route and destination.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: DGAC Chile
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 12 months
Accident number: Accidente 1488
Download report: Final report

Classification:
VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Terra.cl
» El Llanquihue
» DGAC Chile


Follow-up / safety actions

DGAC Chile issued 3 Safety Recommendations

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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 Puerto Montt-Marcel Marchant Airport to La Junta Airport as the crow flies is 283 km (177 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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