ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-80-DL (DC-3) LV-AFW Mar del Plata, BA
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Friday 15 May 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-80-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Aerolineas Argentinas
Registration: LV-AFW
MSN: 19790
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) off Mar del Plata, BA (   Argentina)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mar del Plata Airport, BA (MDQ/SAZM), Argentina
Destination airport:Bahía Blanca-Comandante Espora Airport, BA (BHI/SAZB), Argentina
The DC-3 took off from Buenos Aires-Ezeiza at 18:30 for the night time flight 672 to Bahía Blanca via Mar del Plata. The aircraft arrived at Mar del Plata at 20:14. At 20:40 the C-47 departed for the last leg of a flight to Bahía Blanca. Shortly after takeoff, the aircraft crashed into the sea.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "For undetermined reasons the aircraft crashed into the sea during a turn following a takeoff at night."

» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 62-AN/57 (127-130)
» Informe Final de Accidente de Aviación Nro. 1219 / Junta de Investigación de Accidentes de Aviación Civil (JIAAC)


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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 Mar del Plata Airport, BA to Bahía Blanca-Comandante Espora Airport, BA as the crow flies is 409 km (256 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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