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Andes MD-82 Loses All Navigation Instruments Today  
User currently offlineDCAjet From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 737 posts, RR: 4
Posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2781 times:

An Andes Lineas Aereas McDonnell Douglas MD-82, flight OY-856 from Buenos Aires Newbury,BA to Jujuy,PJ and further on to Salta,SA (Argentina) with 78 passengers and 6 crew, landed in Ponta Pora,MS [SBPP] (Brazil) around 11am local time (13:00Z) after it had to fly around severe thunderstorms in the destination area. The airplane had departed Buenos Aires at 7:00am (09:00Z) for the to Jujuy estimated to arrive at 08:35am (11:35Z).

The federal police in Ponta Pora reported, that the crew lost all navigation instruments and were navigating just via their magnetic compass, but lost situational awareness completely and thought, they'd be around Paraguay. With just one hour fuel left the Brasilian radar station of Cindacta de Curitiba was able to locate the airplane via their transponder signal and guided the airplane to a safe landing in Ponta Porta.



[Edited 2009-01-12 18:27:08]

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User currently offlineAlaska737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1063 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2715 times:

Little Pilotage and Dead Reckoning, they way flying should be! Good lesson for all those student pilots who only know how to follow the "Pink Line." Glad the aircraft landed safe and sound.

User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 11166 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2621 times:

Glad they made it. It's a good thing they were found by radar unlike when Varig lost that 737 when it ran out of fuel after being lost.

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