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Last updated: 3 December 2021
Date:Wednesday 21 November 1979
Time:ca 17:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic ARVA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
IAI Arava 102
Operator:Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales
Registration: LV-MRX
MSN: 054
First flight: 1978
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:25 km (15.6 mls) W of Puerto Williams, Navarino Island (   Chile)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Río Gallegos Internacional Airport, SC (RGL/SAWG), Argentina
Destination airport:Ushuaia Airport, TF (USH/SAWO), Argentina
Struck high ground in bad weather while descending for an instrument approach to Ushuaia Airport, TF (USH), Argentina.
Among those killed was YPF President Raúl Ondarts.


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Río Gallegos Internacional Airport, SC to Ushuaia Airport, TF as the crow flies is 363 km (227 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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