Aerolineas Argentineas LV-HGY – 3. July 1963

Date  3. July   1963
Location Cordoba,   Argentinia
C/N 127
Model  Caravelle   VIN
Airline Aerolineas   Argentineas
Registration LV-HGY
Occupants  0/7 + 0/63
Aircraft history LV-HGY c/n 127 made its first flight on   May 29th 1962 and was delivered to Aerolines Argentins on on June 7th 1962   and named “Sirius”.
Accident description Flight AR-527/03 was a scheduled flight from Mendoza to Buenos Aires Aeroparque via Pajas Blancas Airport. The aircraft took off   from Mendoza at 17:50 and contacted Pajas Blancas Airport control tower at   18:40. LV-HGY started its descent to Cordoba -Pajas Blancas airport at 18:45.   The weather conditions at that time were demanding to the crew. Clouds at 1000m, light winds and darkness. At an altitude of 3000 feet the aircraft entered the clouds established on the localizer of runway 17. When “Sirius” passed 600 feet the crew should have aborded the approach  as the runway was still not in sight but the aircraft continued to descent to 450feet when the crew finally decided to perform a missed approach climbing on a magnetic heading of 105°. A right-hand turn was then initiated to intercept the radio beacon again. Just 1 minute later the aircraft was passing the airport NDB at 3150ft. AR-527/03 was now flying on a heading of 040° for 2 minutes while descending before starting a left turn to intercept the runway   17 localizer. The aircraft was now flying at 600 feet when the Captain decided to perform a 180° turn to start the final approach. At 300 feet the crew saw the lights of Cordoba town when the Captain made a small right turn to align the aircraft with runway 17. Suddenly the right wings struck some   trees followed by the main gear. The pilot-in-command reduced power to idle and pushed the control column forward – the aircraft rolled on its entire undercarriage 700 m. Finally the aircraft came into contact with the General Belgrano Railway tracks which tore off the undercarriage 250m behind the   runway threshold and 450 off the runway centerline. All 70 occupants were   able to leave the aircraft before it completely burned out. The fire was finally extinguished after 45 minutes as the airport did not possess of a fire station. The crew was accused by the Argentinean Aviation Administration to have ignored procedures. The air traffic controller was accused for not having informed the crew of the minimum decision high which was changed some  months before from 450 to 600 feet and for transmitting the crew wrong weather-information.