Accident Aérospatiale SA 315B Lama H-159, Thursday 26 November 1981
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Date:Thursday 26 November 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic LAMA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aérospatiale SA 315B Lama
Owner/operator:Chilean Army Aviation/Comando de Aviación del Ejército
Registration: H-159
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Cerro El Plomo, Ivar glacier -   Chile
Phase: En route
Departure airport:SCTB
Destination airport:-
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
The Chilean Army helicopter crashed into Cerro El Plomo mountain under unknown circumstances at an elevation of 5.200 meters, while performing geodesic measurements. All four on board perished; a body was recovered in 1991 (crew chief), decades later the helicopter surfaced because of ice thaw, being spotted by a civilian helicopter in January 2021. Two bodies were recovered (co-pilot and a civilan topographer) over 10-13 March 2021. The only body missing belongs to the Lama pilot, his search will continue until Wednesday March 17.


Revision history:

14-Mar-2021 10:06 gerard57 Added
14-Mar-2021 10:07 gerard57 Updated [Location, Narrative]
14-Mar-2021 11:37 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Source]
14-Mar-2021 19:04 poxipol Updated [Registration, Operator, Total fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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