In a severe weather event early Sunday morning, Buenos Aires was hit by an extreme storm, causing widespread disruption and tragic loss of life. The storm brought intense rainfall and powerful winds, leading to significant damage throughout the city. Regrettably, the storm has been responsible for the deaths of at least thirteen individuals.
Buenos Aires Airport Damaged Along with Aerolineas Argentinas Boeing 737
The storm also had a notable impact on the city’s aviation infrastructure. Buenos Aires airport suffered damage to its terminal building and various other facilities.
One incident at the airport involved an Aerolineas Argentinas Boeing B737-700 aircraft, registered as LV-CAD. This aircraft, which had been parked overnight, was forcefully displaced by the storm’s winds. During this event, the aircraft’s left wing leading edge collided with ground equipment, causing conspicuous damage. (see below)
As a result of these conditions, Aerolineas Argentinas had to cancel a scheduled domestic flight to Mendoza. Additionally, footage circulating on social media platforms vividly illustrates the severity of the storm, showcasing how the high winds wreaked havoc across the airport area.
Aerolineas Argentinas Boeing 737-700 (LV-CAD, built 2006) was caught and pushed around by extreme winds while parked overnight at Buenos Aires Ezeiza, Min. Pistarini Intl AP (SAEZ), Argentina. It sustained unknown damage when it collided with ground equipment. @AndrewsAbreu pic.twitter.com/gAOnCBvsZF— JACDEC (@JacdecNew) December 17, 2023