Sunday, June 16, 2013

HISTORICAL PHOTOS: Aerochaco / CATA Linea Aerea Fairchild FH-227B, LV-MGV

Shots of Fairchild FH-227B, LV-MGV, c/n 567, in service with the original Aerochaco at an unknown location, probably in the late 1970's or early 1980's and with CATA Linea Aerea at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) in the 1990's or early 2000's. (Both photos Phil Perry collection)

Aerochaco operated from its Resistencia, Chaco base, some 600 miles north of Buenos Aires, to several cities in northern Argentina from 1959 until at least 1984.    

CATA Linea Aerea flew from 1986 to 2006 from Buenos Aires, including Ezeiza (EZE), Aeroparque (AEP) and Moron airports.  Several CATA F.27's / FH-227's are currently stored at Moron.

The pictured aircraft was delivered to Paraense of Brazil in 1967 and went on to fly for AeroChaco in 1978, Aeroposta, ALFA (Aerolineas Federales Argentinas) and CATA which it joined in 1997.  

Sadly, on 26Oct03 the aircraft crashed soon after taking off from Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on an early morning cargo flight heading to Corrientes (CNQ).  Cause of the accident was an engine failure soon after takeoff and possible excess weight.  Five crew members lost their lives.  Link to the accident report:   

Sources: Historias Individuales blog:
             Flight International 26Jul80:

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