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The wind was always an active condition to Patagonian flights in the area of ​​Comodoro Rivadavia. The peculiar geography of Chubut, with plateaus and canyons, "piped" the west wind and direct it towards the sea port of departure in this city.

Camilla Simonato, pioneer of Comodoro, often recall those days at the beginning of the century, when aviation pioneers had to contend with Patagonian furious gusts of wind.

"The day they were caught by wind, they went down down, broken, cold ... it was so cruel ... Saint Exupery once spent hours on the stove to go forward without being able to land ... the wind was at a gallop. .. ".

The wind did not allow the aircrafts go forward and kept it suspended in the air, motionless. And although it seems an exaggeration, other evidence give support to the image. The late journalist and writer from Comodoro, Asencio Abeijón in his book "Roads and fuzzy raked" tells stories like that of Doña Camila.

In a plane into the wind, reports that in December 1930 the residents of the city raised their eyes to heaven and witnessed a spectacle like no other.

"As a dive against the clouds, a thousand meters high, was the 'airplane', stuck in the same place, resembling a condor from the air when stalking their prey on earth. With the engine at its best speed, was fighting against the wind unable to advance, swaying slightly to one side and the other, and also in balancing rising nose or tail. At times, with some decrease in burst shooting, moving in a jump to, immediately , be arrested and pushed back again to the gale. He felt as if to steer west and turn heading back to the runway ... the pilot  Domingo Yrigoyen maneuvers intended so that the wind will take as back to track ... until people saw him miss the laces slowly behind the hill Chenque ... The voice of 'the wind blows the airplane with four passengers' ran from mouth to mouth ... the plane (a Late 26) as a crab in the air, maneuvering to achieve the most convenient position for landing ... it seemed that any time the pilot lost control and the wind machine and would drag it to the ground, like a kite without a tail ...".

The corollary of the history was the landing of the machine, leaving one dead and one slightly wounded. The propeller, before digging into ground, hit one of the passengers in his leg. The unfortunate traveler bled died before reaching hospital.

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