Sunday, May 22, 2011

News: Crash of Sol Líneas Aéreas Flight 5428 at Argentina


On the 18th of May 2011 a Saab 340A(built in 1985) operated by SOL Líneas Aéreas departed from Neuquén, Argentina, for a domestic flight to Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina but it had crashed on Prahuaniyeu,Argenitna with 22 souls on board (19 passengers,3 crew), all of whom unfortunately died instantly when the aircraft hit violently the ground at high speed.The flight crew declared an emergency at 8:50 PM (GMT-3) and local ocal people located around 2 km away from the crash site saw an airplane flying extremely low. A few moments later they heard explosions and noticed black smoke coming from the ground,they rushed for help but not much of the airplane has been left intact.Firefighters arrived at the scene three hours later, desperately seeking for signs of survivors but none could be found. The Planes black boxes had been found the following day near the crash site.Argentinas national meteorological services have issued warnings about icing conditions near the area the plane was flying and at an altitude between 7000ft and 1800ft with severe turbulence at 1500ft.The crew had requested to the air traffic controllers to descend out of icing conditions seconds before the radar contact was lost.Details are still sketchy but the bad weather may have contributed to the accident.More details to come...