LAN Chile Flight 160

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LAN Chile Flight 160
Accident summary
Date 28 April 1969
Summary CFIT
Site Near Colina, Chile
Passengers 52
Crew 8
Fatalities 0
Injuries (non-fatal) (Unknown)
Survivors 60 (all)
Aircraft type Boeing 727-116
Operator LAN Airlines
Registration CC-CAQ
Flight origin Ministro Pistarini International Airport, Argentina
Destination Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, Chile

LAN Chile Flight 160 was a Boeing 727-116 on a flight from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Santiago, Chile carrying 8 crew and 52 passengers which crashed during approach to Santiago.

Details of flight[edit]

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.