Plane crash in Argentine Patagonia kills all 22 on board


A commercial airplane crashed in Argentina’s southern Patagonia region on Wednesday night, killing all 22 people on board, the Argentinean TV station C5N said on Thursday.

The Saab 340 turboprop, operated by regional airline Sol, took off from the central Argentinean city of Neuquen at 8.08 pm local time (23.08 GMT) on Wednesday.

Sol Airlines said its Flight 5248 carrying three crew members and 19 passengers, including a baby, communicated an emergency while flying from Neuquen near the Andes to Comodoro Rivadavia along the coast of Patagonia.

The pilot last contacted air traffic control at 8.50 pm to report engine problems.

Witnesses saw the plane crash to the ground and catch fire near the town of Prahuaniyeu in the Rio Negro province at 10.35 pm.

“Unfortunately there are no survivors. We see burnt remains, everything burned,” Ismael Ali, who directs the hospital in the nearest town of Los Menucos, told the Todo Noticias channel.