Accident Douglas C-47A-5-DK (DC-3) LV-ACX, Friday 23 April 1954
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Date:Friday 23 April 1954
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47A-5-DK (DC-3)
Owner/operator:Aerolineas Argentinas
Registration: LV-ACX
MSN: 12387
Year of manufacture:1944
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Fatalities:Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 25
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Sierra del Vilgo, CD -   Argentina
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Mendoza-El Plumerillo Airport, MD (MDZ/SAME)
Destination airport:Córdoba-Pajas Blancas Airport, CD (COR/SACO)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The Aerolineas Argentinas flight took off from Mendoza at 18:47 for a flight to Cordoba. Severe turbulence existed in the area near Cordoba, causing the flight crew to decide to divert to La Rioja. At 21:25 they reported a La Rioja ETA of 21:40. Nothing more was heard from the flight. The wreckage was found on April 26 near Sierra de Vilgo.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "For reasons which could not be determined the aircraft deviated from the prescribed route and followed a course which led it to crash in mountainous terrain. A contributing factor was: The pilot-in-command's decision to descend below the minimum altitude specified for weather conditions requiring an instrument approach, contrary to the provisions of the Airline Operations Manual. A probable contributing factor was the probable fatigue of the aircraft crew."

Sources:

ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 47-AN/42 (97-100)

Statistics

  • 18th worst accident in 1954
  • 121st worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 52nd worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

Images:


photo (c) Gonzalo González; Sierra del Vilgo, CD; 14 April 2014

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