Mid-air collision Accident Cessna A-37B Dragonfly 272,
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Date:Thursday 6 October 1983
Type:Silhouette image of generic A37 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna A-37B Dragonfly
Owner/operator:Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya (FAU)
Registration: 272
MSN: 43542
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Santa Bernardina, Durazno -   Uruguay
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:SUDU
Destination airport:SUDU
Investigating agency: FAU-DSV
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
In order to keep the combat crews of the Uruguayan Air Force Aviation Group No. 2 (Fighters) qualified and proficient, a night formation flying training mission was planned, with A-37Bs FAU 271 and FAU 272 being designated for this purpose. After taking off, the wingman asked the flight lead to turn on the formation lights, which drew the pilot's attention to the light panel below and to the right in the cockpit. Given that the takeoff of the formation had been carried out by air traffic control with the condition of immediately making a right turn, the pilot's distraction caused the roll to increase more than expected, as a result of spatial disorientation. After only 55 seconds of flight, both aircraft were destroyed by controlled flight into terrain (CFIT), killing their four occupants instantly.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: FAU-DSV
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Uruguayan Air Force Report No. 61/1983. Type A (CFIT).
O Estado de S.Paulo 8 October 1983, p. 8

Revision history:

13-Jun-2016 13:18 TB Added
18-Sep-2021 08:29 TB Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Sep-2021 17:02 harro Updated [Accident report]
03-Mar-2024 11:07 Sebastián Laguna Updated [Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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