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Last updated: 19 March 2019
Datum:Freitag 13 Oktober 1972
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild FH-227D
Fluggesellschaft:Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya - FAU
Kennzeichen: T-571
Werknummer: 572
Baujahr: 1968
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 5 / Insassen: 5
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 24 / Insassen: 40
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 29 / Insassen: 45
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe El Tiburcio (   Argentinien)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Internationaler außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Mendoza-El Plumerillo Airport, MD (MDZ/SAME), Argentinien
Flug nach:Santiago-Pudahuel Airport (SCL/SCEL), Chile
The Uruguayan FH-227 was being used to fly from Montevideo to Santiago via Buenos Aires and Mendoza. Captain Julio Cesar Ferradas had a total of 5117 flying hours and had made 29 flights across the Andes mountains before. Following takeoff from Mendoza, the aircraft climbed to 5500 m and followed the Airway G17 across the Andes. While flying at an altitude of FL150 in turbulence the right wingtip hit a mountain and broke off. The right wing folded over the fuselage and cut off part of the tail. The left wing also separated and the fuselage hit a mountain slope at 350 km/h and skidded through the snow.
Thirteen passengers died in the crash. In the following days survivors waited for a rescue party. However, on November 23 the search was being halted. In December a few survivors try to get help and on December 20 they finally met some Chileans. A rescue party is organised and the other survivors are airlifted from the wreckage on December 22, 23.


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Distance from Mendoza-El Plumerillo Airport, MD to Santiago-Pudahuel Airport as the crow flies is 195 km (122 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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