Austral Líneas Aéreas Flight 2553

Austral Líneas Aéreas Flight 2553
Austral Lineas Aereas McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 LV-WEG (25582189983).jpg
LV-WEG, the aircraft involved in the accident seen in 1995.
Accident
Date10 October 1997
SummaryInstrument malfunction, possible pilot error
SiteNuevo Berlín, Uruguay
32°58′45″S 58°03′10″W / 32°58′45″S 58°03′10″W / -32.97917; -58.05278
Aircraft
Aircraft typeMcDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
OperatorAustral Líneas Aéreas
RegistrationLV-WEG
Flight originGeneral José de San Martín Airport, Posadas, Argentina
DestinationAeroparque Jorge Newbery, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Passengers69
Crew5
Fatalities74
Survivors0

Austral Líneas Aéreas Flight 2553, also known as Austral 2553, was an Argentinian domestic, scheduled PosadasBuenos Aires service operated with a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 that crashed on the lands of Estancia Magallanes, Nuevo Berlín, 32 kilometres (20 mi) away from Fray Bentos, Uruguay, on 10 October 1997.[1][2][3] All 74 passengers and crew died upon impact.[1][4][5] The accident remains the deadliest in Uruguayan history.[1]

Aircraft

The aircraft involved in the accident was a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32, registration LV-WEG.[1][2][6] It had its maiden flight in 1969,[1] and was 28 years old at the time of the accident. It had previously operated for Iberia with registration EC-BQT, and it was transferred to the airline in 1993 after the buyout of the company by the Spanish carrier.[7][8][9]