Thursday, August 13, 2015

HISTORICAL PHOTO: Aerolineas Argentinas Convair 240, LV-ADP, at Montevideo (MVD) in the 1950's or early 60's

     Aerolineas Argentinas Convair 240-6, LV-ADP "Chacabuco" (c/n 72), at
     Montevideo (MVD) in the 1950's or early 1960's. (Ediciones Henry postcard) 

This aircraft has an interesting history in that it was originally built for Flota Aerea Mercante Argentina, one of Aerolineas Argentinas' predecessor airlines, in 1949 and was even painted in the carrier's colors, but was apparently never delivered to FAMA due to lack of payment. Reassigned to ZONDA, another one of the four airlines that eventually merged to form Aerolineas, it was never operated by that airline either due to the merging of FAMA, ZONDA, ALFA and Aeroposta Argentina to form Aerolineas Argentinas on 14May49.     

"Chacabuco" went on to fly for Aerolineas experiencing two incidents in Cordoba (COR) in 1952 and Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) in 1957.  The aircraft went on to the Fuerza Aerea Paraguaya and Lineas Aereas Paraguayas as T-47 and ZP-CDP, respectively, in March 1963.  On 26May67, while flying for these operators, its left wing became detached upon contact with the ground while landing at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) resulting in the aircraft flipping and turning on its back. Fortunately, there were no casualties despite the apparent seriousness of the accident.  

Some rare photos of the aircraft in FAMA colors and resting on its back after the accident at EZE:


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