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Business Jet Crash In Argentina, 6 Confirmed Dead

Mon May 09, 2005 3:29 pm

Siz people are confirmed dead and 3 others are injured after a Piper Navajo PA 31 private jet crashed 700 meters short of Cordoba's runway.

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RE: Business Jet Crash In Argentina, 6 Confirmed Dead

Mon May 09, 2005 3:46 pm

Last I heard, the Piper Navajo is a prop twin, not a jet? Pretty venerable, too, production stopped in the Eighties?

RIP though - always sad to hear about accidents.
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RE: Business Jet Crash In Argentina, 6 Confirmed Dead

Mon May 09, 2005 4:02 pm

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RE: Business Jet Crash In Argentina, 6 Confirmed Dead

Mon May 09, 2005 4:17 pm

RIP  Sad

But looks like the press is at it again... maybe it's a bigger scoop if a jet crashes?!
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RE: Business Jet Crash In Argentina, 6 Confirmed Dead

Mon May 09, 2005 11:45 pm

A sad part of this story is that on that plane was race car driver Nicolas Vuyovich. Even sadder still, he had just won the San Juan TC2000. TC2000 is the most important non F1 racing tournament on this side of the world, only behind NASCAR.

After his victory, the second of the year, he and 8 other passengers and crew boarded the jet to fly from San Juan to Cordoba, an hour or so flight, aboard the Piper Najavo AP31, LV-LXO. The flight was without problems until it crashed less than a kilometer from the runway.

The days are short this time of year in Argentina, and it was well after dark at the time of the accident, 19:27 local time. There was also a dense overcast, fog, and a cold drizzle, typical weather during the argentine autumn though.

Six people are confirmed dead, including an 8 year old child, the pilot and co-pilot, and a photographer. Three others are gravely injured.

Vuyovich was only 23 years old.

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RE: Business Jet Crash In Argentina, 6 Confirmed Dead

Tue May 10, 2005 5:39 am

Well... the probable cause has been ruled as pilot error.
An article in Argentine newspaper InfoBAE states that the entity in charge of investigating the accident has said that the accident was caused by a pilot's "incorrect calculation". This lead the aircraft to smash it's left wing into an antenna (instrument antenna, belongs to the airport) while on approach, therefore precipitating the Piper Navajo PA-31 to the ground.
Authorities say this will not take less than 6 months to fully investigate and get the report out.

Link to the article I was stating before: "El avión de Vuyovich cayó al impactar con una antena"

Other source, Clarin doesn't say anything about the aircraft hitting the antenna, but it does say it was a pilot error:
"Las primeras pericias comprobaron que hubo un error del piloto"

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Well, this adds up my first post in A.net, I just signed up a few minutes ago. I wish it had been in better circumstances  crying , and as a big fan myself of Argentine auto-racing, I feel like in mourning for the loss of these two great men in our auto-racing leagues.

777ER, thanks for bringing this one up, mate.  Wink

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