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Accident description
Last updated: 28 July 2015
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Wednesday 18 May 2011
Type:Silhouette image of generic SF34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Saab 340A
Operator:SOL Líneas Aéreas
Registration: LV-CEJ
C/n / msn: 25
First flight: 1985-04-25 (26 years )
Total airframe hrs:41422
Engines: 2 General Electric CT7-5A2
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:20 km (12.5 mls) N of Prahuaniyeu, RN (   Argentina)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Neuquén Airport, NE (NQN/SAZN), Argentina
Destination airport:Comodoro Rivadavia Airport, CB (CRD/SAVC), Argentina
A Saab 340A passenger plane, registered LV-CEJ, was destroyed when it crashed 20 km north of Prahuaniyeu, Argentina. There were 19 passengers and three crew members on board. There were no survivors.
The airplane operated on SOL Líneas Aéreas flight 5428 from Córdoba (COR) to Mendoza (MDZ), Neuquén (NQN) and Comodoro Rivadavia (CRD). The flight departed Neuquén at 20:08 for the final leg of the flight. When flying at FL179, the aircraft began to pick ice. The copilot radioed air traffic control for permission to descent. The flight was then cleared down to FL140. However, while descending the crew members commented on the growing ice accretion on the wind shield and wings. At FL140 the airspeed dropped until the airplane stalled. The pilots attempted to regain control of the plane, but failed. The airplane impacted terrain and burned.

CAUSE (translated from Spanish):
While on a regular domestic flight, during the cruise phase, the aircraft entered into a stall with subsequent loss of control, and subsequent descent and impact with the ground and fire, due to severe aircraft icing.
1) Probably: inadequate flight planning.
2) Probably: inadequate operational decision making on the part of the pilot.
3) Probably: loss of situational awareness from the flight crew.
4) Probably: complacency on the part of the cockpit crew.

Loss of control

» Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil (ANAC)
» SOL Líneas Aéreas

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Junta de Investigaciones de Accidentes de Aviación Civil (JIAAC) - Argentina
report status: Preliminary
report number: C.E. N° 096/11
report released:5 September 2011
duration of investigation: 110 days (4 months)
download report: Informe Preliminar (JIAAC C.E. N° 096/11)


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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
25 APR 1985 SE-E25 Saab first flight
30 MAY 1985 N344CA Comair delivered
OCT 1996 N344CA Chicago Express Airlines leased
DEC 1996 N344CA Express Airlines I leased
FEB 1997 N112PX Express Airlines I new registration
MAY 2002 N112PX Pinnacle Airlines airline renamed
17 JUL 2003 N112PX Fina Air leased
JUL 2004 N112PX Fina Air grounded when AOC of Fina Air was revoked
25 MAY 2006 N112PX RegionsAir
MAR 2007 N112PX RegionsAir stored
30 JUL 2010 LV-CEJ SOL Líneas Aéreas bought

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 Neuquén Airport, NE to Comodoro Rivadavia Airport, CB as the crow flies is 760 km (475 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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