Transportes Aereos Neuquen Fairchild Swearingen SA-227AC Metro III, LV-AOP, (c/n AC-460) reportedly at Rio Gallegos (RGL) Argentina in June 1996. (Phil Perry Collection)
This aircraft first flew in June 1981 with Fairchild registration N3029F and was delivered to the Provincia de Neuquen government on 21Dec81 with the LV-AOP registration that it was apparently to wear throughout its service life. It was transferred to Transportes Aereos Neuquen on 04Aug94 for which it flew until being stored in Neuquen (NQN) in western Argentina in 2000.
LV-AOP was last seen in Sao Paulo Congonhas (CGH) on 19Jul10 where it was photographed parked in a hangar which had belonged to the defunct Brazilian carrier VASP.