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Last updated: 16 January 2022
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Datum:zaterdag 4 augustus 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-45-CU Commando
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Aircraft Line Maintenance
Registratie: N8040Y
Constructienummer: 30323
Bouwjaar: 1944
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 5 / inzittenden: 5
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 5 / inzittenden: 5
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Cerro Tupungato (   Chili)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Ferry
Vliegveld van vertrek:Mendoza-El Plumerillo Airport, MD (MDZ/SAME), Argentinië
Vliegveld van aankomst:?
Beschrijving:
A Curtiss C-46A Commando transport plane was destroyed in an accident in the Andes while on a ferry flight. All five on board were killed.
The aircraft had been bought by a Miami company named Aircraft Line Maintenance from the Argentine airline Austral. The aircraft was re-registered N8040Y from LV-FSA and departed Buenos Aires, Argentina on a ferry flight to Miami via Chile and Panama.
It was crossing the Andes after a landing in Mendoza when it impacted a glacier, braking in three. The main fuselage slid to the bottom of the slope. The wreckage was found in 1981 by a Chilean SAR team that was looking for a missing helicopter.

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» Austral nació hace 50 años con C-46
» Hay otro avión en la montaña (Clarín, 27-2-2000)


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