June 19, 2013
Experts assure Sol plane crash caused by 'severe icing,' other factors
The Board of Investigations tendered Bariloche’s Federal Judge Leonidas Moldes with a preliminary report on the May 18th. Sol Airlines plane crash in Río Negro that killed 22 people.
The document points at icing as the cause of the crash, and orders the police to comb the area where the airplane hit the ground again. They also highlighted “probable” mistakes made by the pilot and the aircraft and presented a transcript of the conversation between the pilot and copilot inside the cockpit a few minutes before the crash.
The report, drafted by the Board of Investigations of Civil Aviation Accidents and which looks to determine what elements led to the crash, described several conclusions that explain why the accident took place.
Experts maintain that the aircraft suffered “severe icing while flying” which led the plane to plummet to the ground.
They decided, however, that the pilot had probably failed at outlining an appropriate flight plan since he apparently ignored the severe weather conditions ahead and the alternative routes available.
It also concludes that “the pilot’s only decision consisted of descending, which worsened the situation.”
The Board also concludes that there were several technical problems that contributed to the crash. “Even tough it was not the reason why the plane fell, the aircraft was not in optimal flying condition, since it had failed to comply with two mandatory inspections of its propellers.”
Judge Moldes also received the transcript from the cockpit, which includes the conversation between pilot and copilot in the 32 minutes before the Saab 340A flying from Río Negro to Comodoro Rivadavia crashed, killing 22 people.