Narrative: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.
|Status:||Preliminary - official|
|Date:||18 MAY 2011|
|Operator:||SOL Líneas Aéreas|
|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|
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.
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Official accident investigation report
|investigating agency: ||JIAAC|
|report status: ||PRELIM.|
|report number: ||C.E. N° 096/11|
|duration of investigation:||110 days (3.7 months)|
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(JIAAC C.E. N° 096/11)
|25 APR 1985
|30 MAY 1985
||Chicago Express Airlines
||Express Airlines I
||Express Airlines I
|17 JUL 2003
||grounded when AOC of Fina Air was revoked
|25 MAY 2006
|30 JUL 2010
||SOL Líneas Aéreas
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.