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Last updated: 13 November 2019
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Date:Sunday 5 January 1975
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 200
Operator:Ejército Argentino
Registration: AE-259
C/n / msn: 140
First flight: 1968-08-20 (6 years 5 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near La Angostura, TU (   Argentina)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Tucumán Airport, TU, Argentina
Destination airport:Tucumán Airport, TU, Argentina
Narrative:
The Twin Otter was on a reconnaissance flight when it flew into the side of a mountain at a height of 2000 m in poor weather conditions.
Conflicting reports suggest the aircraft may have been shot down by rebels in the area.
At the time the Communist People's Revolutionary Army was active in the province of Tucumán with fighting going on between the guerrillas and government forces.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Aeromilitaria
» La Nación 7 January 1975, p17A
» Roll Out


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