Accident Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando LV-GGJ, Tuesday 17 May 1960
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Date:Tuesday 17 May 1960
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Owner/operator:Transamerican Air Transport
Registration: LV-GGJ
MSN: 22554
Year of manufacture:1945
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:near El Sosneado -   Argentina
Phase: En route
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Buenos Aires/Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport, BA (EZE/SAEZ)
Destination airport:Santiago-Los Cerrillos Airport (ULC/SCTI)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
Curtiss C-46 LV-GGJ was to fly 7 race horses from Buenos Aires to Lima via Santiago de Chile. A VFR flight plan was filed with a cruising altitude of 3000 m. The plane took off at 11:04, about one hour late. The crew reported enroute over Junin (11:59), General Soler (13:10) and San Luis (14:00). At that time the weather had changed completely. The crew reported over San Rafael (14:34) estimating El Yeso at 15:35 and then requested clearance to climb to 6000 m. Nothing more was heard from the flight. The plane appeared to have crashed into a mountain peak at 4500 m following structural failure.

The wreckage of the aircraft was found on 21 November 1961 by an inhabitant of the El Sosneado area.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The aircraft flew into extremely violent turbulence, was subjected to stresses greater than those for which it was designed, and in-flight structural failure resulted. Contributing causes were: 1) insufficient preparation for the flight; 2) inadequate arrangements for the secure carriage of the livestock; and 3) the pilots failure to familiarize himself with the prevailing weather conditions."

Sources:

ICAO Accident Digest No.15 - Volume I, Circular 78-AN/66 (33-37)

Statistics

  • 67th worst accident in 1960
  • 85th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 64th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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