DCAjet From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 386 posts, RR: 4 Posted (4 years 10 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1975 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.