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Last updated: 4 December 2021
Date:Tuesday 15 May 1984
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 35A
Operator:Gobierno de Tierra del Fuego
Registration: LV-TDF
MSN: 35A-478
First flight:
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-2-2B
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:9 km (5.6 mls) E off Ushuaia Airport, TF (USH) (   Argentina)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Buenos Aires (unknown airport), BA, Argentina
Destination airport:Ushuaia Airport, TF (USH/SAWO), Argentina
Crashed into water in poor weather (low visibility and snowstorm). The pilot descended below minimum safe altitude due to optical illusion when discontinuing IFR procedures and attempting a visual approach.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

» Wisconsin State Journal May 17,1984


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