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Date:Tuesday 27 May 2014
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft B200 Super King Air
Operator:Kowzef S.A.
Registration: LV-CNT
MSN: BB-1367
First flight: 1990
Total airframe hrs:4616
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:10 km (6.3 mls) SW off Carmelo/Zagarzaz˙ International Airport (   Uruguay)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:San Fernando Airport, BA (FDO/SADF), Argentina
Destination airport:Carmelo/Zagarzaz˙ International Airport (SUCM), Uruguay
A Beechcraft B200 Super King Air crashed on a sand bar in the RÝo de la Plata, 10 km southwest of the destination Carmelo, Uruguay. Five occupants died.
The aircraft departed San Fernando, Argentina, at 12:22 on a short VFR flight to Carmelo Airport, Uruguay. The pilot first carried out an approach to runway 35 to observe the conditions. After going around, he decided to perform another approach with the intention to land. Visibility was poor, so the landing would only be carried if the pilot found a clear area.
The aircraft was performing a left hand descending circuit when it impacted a mud flat in the waters of the Rio de la Plata.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause:
Loss of situational awareness due to poor hazard perception and risk assessment, leading to an impact on the ground without loss of control (CFIT) and the combination of the following factors:
- Failure to make a decision not to return to the aerodrome of departure or to the alternative, in the presence of adverse weather conditions at the destination aerodrome.
- Failure to make a decision by intentionally continuing an approach (VFR) to the destination aerodrome, whose meteorological conditions were marginal (IMC), not respecting minimum operating altitudes, nor the meteorological minimums for aerodromes.
- Deficient evaluation of risk analysis of the situation, decision making and probably degradation of piloting skills, due to a combination of physiological and psychological factors.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CIAIA Uruguay
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years
Accident number: No. 563
Download report: Final report
Language: Spanish

VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

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Distance from San Fernando Airport, BA to Carmelo/Zagarzaz˙ International Airport as the crow flies is 59 km (37 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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