Date & Time: Apr 28, 2001 at 0517 LT
Type of aircraft:
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Les Grands Jorasses
Charter/Taxi (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
San Fernando – Trelew
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Owned by the Argentinian company Les Grands Jorasses, the single engine airplane was completing a charter flight from San Fernando to Trelew, carrying eight passengers and two pilots, among them the President of the Techint Group and the managing editor of the La Nación newspaper. After departure from San Fernando Airport, the crew was cleared to climb to 6,000 feet then 8,000 feet and later 10,000 feet. Because he encountered icing conditions, the crew asked ATC to climb to 12,000 feet and was cleared to proceed when control was lost. The aircraft entered a dive and crashed in a farmland. The aircraft was totally destroyed by impact forces and all 10 occupants were killed.
Impact with the ground following a spiral fall due to a stall probably consecutive to an asymmetric accumulation of ice on the fuselage.