On November 17, 2002, about 1959 UTC, a Piper PA-23-250, Argentinian registration LV-HJE, registered to a private individual, experienced in-flight collapse of the right wing during a local sightseeing flight near San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. Visual meteorological weather conditions prevailed at the time and it is unknown if a flight plan was filed for the flight. The airplane was destroyed by impact and the pilot and six passengers were fatally injured. The flight originated about 1955 UTC, from the Lago Nahuel Huapi Airport, San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina.

According to the Argentinian authorities, the airplane was flying at a low altitude on the side of the runway when the right wing collapsed. The crash site was located in an open field.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Argentina. Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Junta de Investigaciones de Accidentes de Aviacion
Avda Belgrano 1370 Piso 11 "B"
C.P. 1093 Capital Federal
Buenos Aires
Phone: 54 11 4317-6704
Facsimile: 54 11 4381-6333

This report is for information purposes only and contains only information obtained for or released by the Argentinian Government.

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