NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


September 1, 1999

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is sending a team of investigators to provide assistance to the Argentine government's investigation of a plane crash in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The U.S. team consists of representatives from the NTSB, the Federal Aviation Administration, and Boeing Commercial Airplane Group.

On August 31, 1999, at approximately 7 p.m., a Lineas Aereas Privadas Argentinas (LAPA) Boeing 737-200 crashed on takeoff. The aircraft, carrying about 100 people, crossed a highway and came to rest in a golf course and caught fire.

The 12-member team, led by the NTSB's Robert MacIntosh, who has been designated the U.S. Accredited Representative, is expected to arrive in Argentina tomorrow.

This is the sixth time this year that the NTSB has sent a team of investigators abroad to assist in aircraft investigations. The Board has assisted in the investigations of aviation accidents in Turkey, the United Kingdom, and China. Investigators are still on scene in Taiwan and Hong Kong assisting in airliner crash investigations there.

In addition, there have been many other foreign accident investigations this year in which the NTSB has provided assistance.

All information on the progress of the investigation of yesterday's crash will be released by the Civilian Accident Investigation Committee, the investigative authority in Argentina.

NTSB Office of Public Affairs: (202) 314-6100



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.