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Last updated: 30 November 2021
Date:Thursday 1 November 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic U16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman HU-16B Albatross
Operator:Armada de Chile
Registration: 251
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Quilpé (   Chile)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Apparently the Albatross flying boat suffered an engine failure caused by a problem of the airplane fuel system, causing a loss of power. The crew tried to pass the hills that obstructed the passage to the sea, operating on one engine. They failed to clear the hills and the airplane impacted terrain.

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