The aircraft was landing in harsh weather at the Teniente R. Marsh airport on the Chilean Antarctic King George Island. The main landing gear failed on this Brazilian C-130M built in 1972 resulting in a post-crash fire.

The engine No. 4 propellor was lost upon impact with a snow embankment and an ensuing engine fire was caused by the ingestion of foreign object debris.

No injuries were reported and substantial damage to the airframe was saved by the quick action of Rescue and Fire Fighting of Chile, based at the airport.

The damaged airplane was part of the Brazilian Antarctic program that provides operational support for research in the region. The program run by Brazilian Navy maintains a year round station in Antarctica as well as several seasonal field camps. The Brazilian Navy and Air Force cooperate to provide logistics, including the transport of military and civilian personnel, equipment, and supplies.


The airport is the northern most landing site on the continent. In the warm season, the airport is served with a 4,200 foot gravel runway, but is often coated with a layer of snow and the approach to landing can be quite tricky with nearby mountains and generally poor weather.