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Sol Linéas Aéreas Exits Runway with Propellor, Wing Damage

What: Sol Linéas Aéreas Saab 340A en route from Mendoza to Neuquén to Comodoro Rivadavia.
Where: El Plumerillo airport, Mendoza Argentina
When: Jan 2, 2013
Who: 33 aboard, 30 passengers, 3 crew, no fatalities
Why: On takeoff, the Sol Linéas Aéreas flight exited the runway with a jammed wheel.

A wing touched the ground and a propeller broke. While there was damage to the plane, and no fatalities, the passengers were reported as being in a panic, with women and children screaming and one person possibly having a nervous breakdown.

To paraphrase Sol’s statement:
“The aircraft performed maneuvers 8R5420 taxiway but transitioned off the track and had to interrupt operation.

Emergency services were available. Passengers were provided another Aerolineas flight. Many passengers praised the pilot for handling a dangerous situation that resulted in no injuries reported.

Passengers said they were told a locked wheel caused them to end up on the grass.

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Oil Leak Leads to Engine Shut Down, Emergency Landing Argentina

What: Sol Lineas Aereas Saab 340A en route from Rosario,SF to Buenos Aires, Argentina
Where: Rosario
When: Nov 2nd 2011
Who: 30 passengers and 3 crew
Why: On takeoff from Rosario, the left engine had to be shut down. The engine had developed an oil leak through a conduit washer which had to be replaced.

The flight returned to the airport and made a safe landing fifteen minutes later.

Coming Soon: Step by Step Reconstruction of Sol Líneas Aéreas Flight 5428

In a Saab 340 simulation, two pilots are attempting to reconstruct how the pilots managed on May 18 in the Sol Líneas Aéreas Flight 5428 crash in Prahuaniyeu, 16 miles south-west of the town of Los Menucos, Río Negro, Argentina, crash that killed 22. The information sources were the black boxes, (flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder) including records of the dialogue and sounds in the cockpit and flight operations.

Those interested in the results include Judge Bariloche Leónidas Molde, the court clerk, the prosecutor, and an aeronautical engineer, and representatives of the Accident Investigation Board for Civil Aviation (JIAAC). JIAAC’s September preliminary report indicated that the pilots were responsible for the accident.

A new voice transcription to be used includes noise in the cabin, like the sound of alarms. The experts will use a certified replica of the plane that crashed in the Black River and the black boxes to establish what happened to cause the flight to crash. 19 seconds of audio before the impact was badly damaged and a team is currently trying to rescue the audio.

The simulation will recreate the flight based on both the voices of the pilots and data from the Flight Data Recorder.

The trial will last two days. The date of a final report has not been set.

Individuals in noncompliance of official procedures and lacking official documentation may be excluded from participation. Also, some question Saab involvement but rather than this being a conflict of interest, they are engaged as responsible technical experts on their own machines. Family members just want to hear the actual transcribed voices of their loved ones.

We may be talking about this again, since final analysis reports can take so long, and may or may not be conclusive.

Src: http://www.clarin.com/sociedad/Tragedia-Sol-simulador-reconstruyen-vuelo_0_571142968.html

Contention Grows over Cause of May 2011 Sol Tragedy

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What: Sol Linaeas Aereas Saab 340A
Where: 20 km (12.5 mls) N of Prahuaniyeu, RN Argentina
When: May 18, 2011
Who: 3 crew, 19 passengers
Why: Was it wing icing, a failure of the inlet deicing system or pilot error which caused the May crash which killed 22 people? The plane was flown by pilots John Raffo and Adriano Bolatti.

The brother of John Raffo, Víctor Raffo cites his brother’s 2400 flight hours, and denies that the crash was the pilot and copilot’s fault. With that many hours under his belt, John knew how to fly, he knew the area, he knew about icing.

These are the questions which are nagging at experts who disagree over the causes. The investigation is ongoing, but there is disagreement.

The flight stalled and then lost control, and impacted the ground, apparently due to wing icing. Was the pilot’s flight plan at fault? Was there a lack of situational awareness among the crew? It is all speculation now, until facts are turned up the investigation.

The pilot’s decision to descend is also being questioned.

Some say the pilot’s decisions are moot, and that the plane was not in optimal flying condition to begin with, as it had failed two mandatory inspections.

Portions of the transcription of the pilot’s dialogue have been published, but we have not heard the actual audio. Desde la Asociación de Pilotos de Líneas Aéreas, a pilot association, is threatening action because of transcription inaccuracies, mistakes and misinterpretation. We apologize for any errors, as we can only repost the transcription, as we don’t have the audio.

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May 2011 Saab Crash in Argentina

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What: Sol Linaeas Aereas Saab 340A
Where: 20 km (12.5 mls) N of Prahuaniyeu, RN Argentina
When: May 18, 2011
Who: 3 crew, 19 passengers
Why: After the last radio contact at 20:50, the aircraft crashed near Los Menucos en-route Neuquen to Comodoro after declaring an emergency and requesting descent out of icing conditions. There were no survivors of the 19 passengers and 3 crew.

There were newspaper reports of the flight coming down as a fireball, but that has been interpreted as journalistic license. We apologize if our translations reported this incident as a falling fireball when the fire apparently began after ground impact.

The pilot asked to descend from 5.800 meters to 4.300 due to ice. In the last communication ATC was informed that “the flight was was at 1.000 metres and going back to NQN.”

Wing Icing and a failure of the inlet deicing system is being considered as responsible. The black boxes were recovered.

The investigation is ongoing.


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Rio Negro Crash: Investigation Begins

Argentine Aviators Union of Air Lines said that the investigation into the Rio Negro crash will take 3 months.

After departing from Neuquén at 20:08, the pilot sent out a distress call declaring an emergency. 19 passengers and 3 crew were aboard.

Locals saw a ball of fire fall from the sky 35 kilometers from the town of Los Menucos in an area not available to cell phone usage. Rescue units (three ambulances and civil defense team including the police force of Black River (Rio Negro), Sierra Colorado, General Roca and Los Menucos) were deployed but there were no survivors.

Saab officials will be participating in the investigation. But three months till the investigation is done? I don’t think so. Maybe three years.

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