## Chilean Aircraft Crash from Lack of Fuel?

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2011 08:52:18 -0300

There was an airplane crash here in Chile (actually, near Juan Fernandez
island - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-14772608) that killed
(amongst others) a famous TV personality.  It's been big news here (I think
there were national days of mourning, etc).

Anyway, there were initial rumours and accusations that the plane had
insufficient fuel (particularly since it was heavily (over?) loaded).  These
were denied by the authorities (it was an airforce plane).

Today there's an article in the local paper -
http://diario.latercera.com/2011/10/09/01/contenido/pais/31-86344-9-j-fernandez-peritaje-revela-que-dia-de-la-tragedia-habia-vientos-de-hasta-67-kmh.shtml
- explaining how the *wind* was the problem.

Now you may think that a 40mph wind is the kind of thing that airplanes should
be able to handle.  But if you read the article this then leads to "excess use
of fuel"...

Maybe I'm just a bitter old cynic who doesn't know all the details.  But to me
this looks like a bid to blame "natural forces" for something that, in fact,
was human error.

Andrew