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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45360
Last updated: 2 May 2020
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Time:19:59 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-23-250 Aztec
Owner/operator:Diego Llovet
Registration: LV-HJE
C/n / msn: 27-479
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lago Nahuel Huapi Airport, San Carlos de Bariloche -   Argentina
Phase: En route
Departure airport:San Carlos (LHN)
Destination airport:Lago Nahuel Huapi Airport (LHN)
On November 17, 2002, about 19:59 UTC, a Piper PA-23-250, Argentinian registration LV-HJE, registered to a private individual, experienced in-flight collapse of the right wing during a local sightseeing flight near San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. The accident happened during a display to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Bariloche Aero Club.

According to available records the aircraft had a TTSN of 3721.1 hours and had apparently last undergone a major overhaul in January 1988 at which time its TTSN was 3424.3 hours. The aircraft had had a sixth seat installed without authorization.

The investigation found that the wing had failed in overload after it had been weakened by extensive internal corrosion. The aircraft's MTOW was limited to 4,000lbs.; however, the installation of a sixth seat suggested that it may have been operated with greater loads, although still within the MTOW, resulting in increased fatigue. Lastly, the aircraft had overflown a mountain range the day before and may have encountered moderate to severe turbulence, which could have resulted in damage to the internal structure of the wing.

Visual meteorological weather conditions prevailed at the time and it is unknown if a flight plan was filed for the flight. The airplane was destroyed by impact and the pilot and six passengers were fatally injured. The flight originated about 19:55 UTC, from the Lago Nahuel Huapi Airport, San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina.

According to the Argentinian authorities, the airplane was flying at a low altitude on the side of the runway when the right wing collapsed. The crash site was located in an open field.


1. NTSB Identification: MIA03WA017 at

Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
13-Jun-2010 11:33 harro Updated [Cn, Narrative]
09-Aug-2016 18:47 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Aug-2016 18:48 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]

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