LAN Chile Flight 160
|Date||28 April 1969|
|Site||Near Colina, Chile|
|Aircraft type||Boeing 727|
|Flight origin||Ministro Pistarini International Airport, Argentina|
|Destination||Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, Chile|
LAN Chile Flight 160 was a Boeing 727 on a flight from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Santiago, Chile carrying 8 crew and 52 passengers which crashed during approach to Santiago. Flight 160 took off from Ministro Pistarini International Airport at 23:56 GMT (20:56 local time), but when nearing Santiago the Boeing 727 descended below the minimum height of 2829 feet and kept on descending until it struck the ground in farm land north of Colina, Chile. While the aircraft was damaged beyond repair in the crash, none of the 60 passengers and crew were killed or injured.
The cause of the accident was excessive concentration by the crew on the indications given by the flight director instrument, which was being incorrectly used on a direct instrument landing system (ILS) approach. The crew did not check other instruments, which showed that the aircraft was descending below its glidepath.
- "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 727-116 CC-CAQ Colina". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
- "Air Safety:The 1969 Accident Record:Non-Fatal Accidents-Public Transport Aircraft 1969". Flight International, 15 January 1970.