May 20th, 2011|
May 20, 2011
A Saab 340 turboprop plane went down in Argentina’s southern Patagonia region on Wednesday night, leaving no survivors. The crash occured 45 minutes after take-off, killing three crewmembers and 19 passengers, including a small child. Firefighters found wreckage and bodies in the desert about 15 miles southwest of Los Menucos.
Argentine airline Sol Lineas Aereas said that Flight 5248 communicated an emergency during its flight from Neuquen to Comodoro Rivadavia. A witness has said he saw a fireball crash into the earth, indicating a mid-air explosion.
“Last night when the emergency happened we put in place a search and rescue operation in the area, which at the time was experiencing very bad weather conditions,” said a spokesman for Argentina’s National Civil Aviation Administration.
Sol Airlines Vice President Juan Nyffenegger told the media that the twin-engine plane took off normally and had no record of technical problems.
The cause of the accident should be determined when cockpit recorders are reviewed, Nyffenegger said.
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