As it took off from the Larsen C ice barrier, a DHC-6-200 Twin Otter aircraft de Havilland Canada, registration T-87, of the Argentine Air Force had an incident when its landing gear was jammed in a nose crack that broke the same and creates damage in the nasal area.
The flight crew members were unharmed and rescued by Bell 212 helicopters that took off from the Antarctic base Marambio. The process of initiating the rescue of the DHC-6-200 Twin Otter is currently being evaluated, as this must be done before the end of the current campaign on the white continent.
The aerospace engineers estimate the damage caused and whether the aircraft can be restored for service. Another proof of the difficult operating conditions in the Antarctic that the crew members have to face every day.
New equipment for the Antarctic
On the other hand, Manitou brand telehandlers were acquired, which have a 7.3-meter telescopic arm and a lifting capacity of 3,600 kilograms. They were assigned to the Antarctic base San Martín and the Antarctic base Esperanza and will be transported to these bases by the ARA-class transport ship “Canal Beagle” of the Costa Sur as part of the loading of material and equipment. This naval transport unit plans to set sail from the port of Buenos Aires shortly to join the current campaign. (Luis Pieiro)
Photo: Twin Otter, registration T-87, of the Argentine Air Force, injured in the Antarctic (Photo of the Argentine Air Force)
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