What Caused the STAR DUST to go Missing?
The Flight left Buenos Aires on 1:46pm on August, 2nd, 1947.
The Flight was Uneventful, and at 5:41pm, Radio Operator Dennis Harmer sent a Message by Morse Code to the Santiago Tower that They expected arrival at 5:45pm. ( Here is the place where the word STENDEC was Transmitted, and repeated when the Santiago Operator did not Understand the Term. As I Related in an earlier Post, the meaning has never been Satisfactorily Explained, but there is no Evidence that it had any Bearing on the Crash.)
That was the Final Message sent by the STAR DUST, the Aircraft never arrived.
An Extensive Search was Conducted by Argentine and Chilean Authorities, as well as the Airline Itself. However, Nothing was found to indicate where the Aircraft had gone down, as well as the cause.
At the Time of the Disappearance, here is what we REASONABLY KNOW TO BE TRUE;
- AIRLINE- BRITISH SOUTH AMERICAN AIRWAYS.
- TYPE OF AIRCRAFT- AVRO- LANCASTRIAN.
- REGISTRATION #G-AGWH.
- # OF CREW- 5, # OF PASSENGERS- 6.
DEPARTED- BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA AT 1:46PM.
DESTINATION- SANTIAGO, CHILE.
FINAL MESSAGE RECEIVED BY SANTIAGO AIRPORT AT 5:41PM.
AT NO TIME DURING FLIGHT DID THE FLIGHT CREW SEND ANY
KIND OF DISTRESS/EMERGENCY CALL.
REMAINS OF THE CRASHED AIRCRAFT, AND THE LOST CREW
AND PASSENGERS, WERE DISCOVERED IN THE LATE 1990s ON
THE GLACIER LOCATED AT THE 15,000 FOOT LEVEL OF
MT. TUPUNGATO. THE MELTING SNOW AND ICE UNCOVERED
THIS EVIDENCE, WHICH HAD BEEN HIDDEN SINCE THE CRASH.
THE SITE IS ABOUT 50 MILES EAST OF SANTIAGO.
ALL REMNANTS OF THE DISASTER WERE LOCALIZED TO A
SPECIFIC AREA. EXAMINATION OF THE PROPELLERS AND
LANDING GEAR INDICATED A CONTROLLED FLIGHT INTO TERRAIN.
THE FINAL CHAPTER WILL REVEAL THE MOST LIKELY CAUSE(S)
OF THE CRASH.
KEEP IN MIND THE FOLLOWING TERMS;
- BAD WEATHER.
- THE JET STREAM.
- GROUND SPEED vs AIR SPEED.
- THE ANDES MOUNTAINS.