SOLSF34 Crash in Argentina

Minneapolis, MN
May 19, 2011

A Saab 340A, owned by Sol Lineas Aereas, operating under flight BR 5428, has crashed near Prahuaniyeu, a village of 250 people, yesterday, May 18, 2011. There were 19 passengers and 3 crew members on board when the crew declared an emergency at 2350 Zulu. The aircraft disappeared from radar south of Los Menucos Argentina. It was discovered later also in Los Menucos. No one among the passengers and crew survived.

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The airline reported the crew had declared emergency. The wreckage was found 25km southwest of Los Menucos. There is currently no evidence of what caused the crash, an investigation will be performed by Argentina's Accident Investigation Board.

Argentina's Authorities reported the crash site at S41°06 W67°56 (S41.10 W67.93) 35km southeast of Los Menucos about 600 meters from the main road Los Menucos - Prahuaniyeu (Road 8 ) on a private field.

The local weather station reported light drizzle at temperatures around 4 degrees C (no Metars available for Los Menucos Airfield).

Argentina's National Meteorologic Services had issued a significant weather warning for the control zone of Comodoro Rivadavia (including the accident site) indicating severe icing between FL070 and FL180 with turbulence below FL150.

Aviation sources in Argentina report that the crew had requested to descend out of icing conditions just before radar contact was lost.


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