- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: October 10, 1997
Time: 22:23
Location: Nuevo Berlin, Uruguay
Operator: Austral Lineas Aeras (Argentina)
Flight #: 2553
Route: Posadas - Buenos Aires
AC Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
Registration: LV-WEG
cn / ln: 47446/561
Aboard: 74   (passengers:69  crew:5)
Fatalities: 74   (passengers:69  crew:5)
Ground: 0
Summary: The aircraft crashed near Nuevo Berlin, a town on the banks of the Uruguay River, after changing its route to avoid heavy rain and hail. A crater 25 feet deep crater was created where the plane crashed into the earth. Icing of the pitot tubes. The pitot tubes froze after the aircraft passed through 49,000 ft. giving false speed readings leading to loss of control of the aircraft.
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