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More: Argentina, December 12, 2006
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LV-HIJ (cn 22346) On April 30th 1964, this Curtiss Commando was cruising at 18000 feet from Copiapo (Chile) to Cordoba (Argentina), carrying 8 race horses from Lima (Peru) and 6 people (4 crew members). A sudden malfunction in an engine forced the crew to try an emergency landing on the half dried lake "Laguna Brava", at 4271 meters. All were rescued 2 days later, except the horses, and the plane which is in good condition but scrapped due to the difficulty and risk of repairing it there. Help with the editing from Gary W
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A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu May 7, 2015:
Well, This is the last thing to expect...

A visitor from United States posted Fri December 28, 2012:
Looks like an old discarded fish head after the rest was used for fillets. Such a place of solitude for this sad bird. Great photo!

A visitor from Brazil posted Sat August 11, 2012:
Looks almost as ants and other insects have eaten up that body ...

A visitor from - posted Thu February 16, 2012:
There´s an excelent first hand report on the web about what happened that day, only in spanish, but plenty of details. Frank Zardini

A visitor from - posted Thu November 4, 2010:
I was there in Laguna Brava La Rioja last month, and access to the wreck is very hazardous. I was unable to get anywhere near it, and it looks as though there less pieces of the remains thanthose in the photograph. In 1960 I was flying across the Andes in a Super C-46 for another company. Years later (in the 70 ies) I was a Captain in the B-707 in Aerolíneas Argentinas and one of our Flight Engineers with whom I flew several times had been the mechanic on the wrecked aircraft. Souls on board
had been only four, the Captain, a first officer, a mechanic and a person in charge of the horses. The first officer´s son is a pilot in Aerolíneas Argentinas today-

A visitor from Belgium posted Thu January 28, 2010:
Surrealistic, I love it

A visitor from - posted Fri January 8, 2010:
Wow! thanks for shots!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Sat August 8, 2009:
Amazing scenery! It looks so unreal, unnatural, but so different, so beautifull!! Thanks for sharing this (including the story behind the accident)! Best regards, Walter

A visitor from Belgium posted Sun May 31, 2009:
This truly is one of the best photo's, and not only on airliners, I've ever seen. You can pe proud of this one.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue February 19, 2008:
One of the most amazing shots around; 5 stars

A visitor from Germany posted Thu January 17, 2008:
Congratulation! This is a really bizarre scenery. Looks like a movie set. Very unreal and impressing.

A visitor from Switzerland posted Sat May 19, 2007:
In the middle of nowhere!amazing artistic pic!!!!

A visitor from United States posted Sat February 17, 2007:
What an excellent picture! I love the composition - the general feeling the stripped carcass on the dry lake bed - conveys. This is one of the most artistic aircraft pictures I have seen in a long time.

A visitor from Spain posted Sun February 4, 2007:
What an amazing sight in the middle of nowhere!

A visitor from New Zealand posted Sat February 3, 2007:
Amazing, I've never seen a picture that coneys such a sense of abandonment!

A visitor from Brazil posted Sat February 3, 2007:
Wow! Amazing photo! Amazing scenery!

A visitor from France posted Sat February 3, 2007:
It looks so unreal! Beautifull setting, a very original place and interesting (pre)historical background.

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