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Mortal RitualsWhat the Story of the Andes Survivors Tells Us About Human Evolution$
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Matt Rossano

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165006

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165006.001.0001

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The Crash of Flight UAF 571

The Crash of Flight UAF 571

(p.1) Introduction The Crash of Flight UAF 571
Mortal Rituals

Matt J. Rossano

Columbia University Press

This introductory chapter chronicles the crash of Uruguayan Air Force twin turboprop Fairchild F-227—the plane carrying 45 people, including a rugby union team, in the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 disaster. The crash was largely attributed to the pilot's miscalculation. Colonel Julio Cesar Ferradas radioed air traffic control in Santiago, saying that he had just passed Curico on the western (Chilean) side of the Andes; however, he was actually some fifty miles east of Curico, deep in the mountainous Planchon Pass. When the controller gave permission for the plane to begin its descent toward Padahuel airport, the turbo proceeded to plummet into a remote territory. Thick clouds obscured the rugged slopes below, and by the time the plane was low enough to visualize the terrain, it had already collided into the ground.

Keywords:   Colonel Julio Cesar Ferradas, Fairchild F-227, Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, Planchon Pass, Padahuel airport, pilot error

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