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Date:vendredi 13 octobre 1972
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild FH-227D
Compagnie:Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya - FAU
Immatriculation: T-571
Numéro de série: 572
Année de Fabrication: 1968
Heures de vol:792
Equipage:victimes: 5 / à bord: 5
Passagers:victimes: 24 / à bord: 40
Total:victimes: 29 / à bord: 45
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:près de El Tiburcio (   Argentine)
Élévation des lieux de l'accident: 3600 m (11811 feet) amsl
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Charter International
Aéroport de départ:Mendoza-El Plumerillo Airport, MD (MDZ/SAME), Argentine
Aéroport de destination:Santiago-Pudahuel Airport (SCL/SCEL), Chili
Members of the amateur Old Christians Club rugby union team from Montevideo, Uruguay, were scheduled to play a match against the Old Boys Club, an English rugby team in Santiago, Chile. A Uruguayan Air Force Fairchild FH-227D was chartered to fly the team over the Andes mountain range to Santiago. The aircraft carried 40 passengers and 5 crew members. The passengers included 19 members of the team, along with their families, supporters, and friends.
The aircraft departed Montevideo Airport on 12 October 1972, but a storm front over the Andes forced them to stop overnight in Mendoza, Argentina.
The flight took off at 14:18 from Mendoza the next day. The pilot flew south from Mendoza towards Malargüe radiobeacon at FL180. The flight radioed the Malargüe Airport with their position and told them they would reach the Planchón Pass at 15:21. The plan was to cross the pass to the Curicó radiobeacon. From there the aircraft was to turn north and descend towards Santiago.
The flight crew mistakenly believed they had reached Curicó and began descending too early.
The aircraft struck a mountain, initially shearing off both wings and the tail section. The remaining portion of the fuselage slid down the mountain about 725 metres before striking ice and snow on a glacier.
Thirteen passengers died in the crash. In the following days survivors waited for a rescue party. However, on November 23 the search was being halted. In December a few survivors try to get help and on December 20 they finally met some Chileans. A rescue party was organised and the other survivors were airlifted from the wreckage on December 22-23. In the period between the accident and the rescue, 13 more occupants had died.


photo of Fairchild-FH-227D-T-571
accident date: 13-10-1972
type: Fairchild FH-227D
registration: T-571


Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Mendoza-El Plumerillo Airport, MD et Santiago-Pudahuel Airport est de 195 km (122 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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