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Argentine private plane falls down on approach to Punta del Este killing two

Monday, August 23rd 2021 - 09:30 UTC
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The Comanche aircraft had departed from San Fernando, north of Buenos Aires. The Comanche aircraft had departed from San Fernando, north of Buenos Aires.

An Argentine-registered single-engined aircraft fell Sunday in the Sierras de las Ánimas, in the Uruguayan department of Maldonado, near Punta del Este. Both occupants died.

”The flight which was under radar control disappeared from it at 12:43 local time, prompting a search and rescue operation by an Aviocar (Spanish-built twin-engined aircraft) and an Air Force helicopter,” the Uruguayan Air Force (FAU) said through its Twitter account after stating that ”the aircraft had taken off from the San Fernando airport (north of Buenos Aires) and was heading to the Laguna del Sauce (Punta del Este) airport.“

The doomed aircraft was found around 5 pm in the Sierra de las Ánimas and ”when the helicopter descended at the site, it confirmed the death of the two crew members,” the FAU went on.

The Piper PA-24 Comanche aircraft had disappeared from the radar while on approach at Laguna del Sauce airport where he was scheduled to land at 1:30 p.m.

The plane was found in Sierra de las Ánimas, near the Nueva Carrara viewpoint and a few kilometers before the Pan de Azúcar hill, in Piriápolis. The last contact of the control tower was recorded at 12:43 p.m.

FAU sources disclosed the pilot had requested to descend to 1000 feet (about 300 meters), probably due to poor visibility as a consequence of fog or low-altitude clouds.

The deceased were identified as Buenos Aires residents Franco Pamboukdjian Acevedo, 22, and Kevin Alonso Raggio, 27. They were believed to be a flight instructor and a student.

The aircraft registered LV-CVT was owned by Trade SA, a general aviation company. According to Argentine sources, both the company and the flight had the corresponding authorizations. “Everything was in order,” they expressed.

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  • hilltopkid

    To better understand what happened in this crash it would help to know whether the flight instructor had an Instrument Rating to fly in low visibility conditions. And, of course, whether the airport and that particular runway had a published instrument approach. If the instructor had no instrument rating and lost sight of the ground or the horizon, then studies have shown no one can keep an airplane under control for more than 2 or maybe 3 minutes when you are trying to fly “blind”. From what I read, it appears the Piper Comanche was being flown very low to get under the clouds, a very dangerous thing to do.

    I am an instrument flight instructor in the United States but was born in Salta, Argentina in 1942.

    Aug 30th, 2021 - 03:15 pm 0
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