1998 Occidental Petroleum Boeing 737 crash

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1998 Occidental Petroleum Boeing 737 crash
Boeing 737-210C AN0203055.jpg
A 737 similar to the accident aircraft
Accident summary
Date 5 May 1998 (1998-05-05)
Passengers 80
Crew 8
Fatalities 75
Survivors 13
Aircraft type Boeing 737-282
Operator Occidental Petroleum
Registration FAP-351
Flight origin Coronel FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport, Iquitos
Destination Alférez FAP Alfredo Vladimir Sara Bauer Airport, Andoas

On 5 May 1998 an Boeing 737-282, leased from the Fuerza Aérea del Perú (Peruvian Air Force) and servicing a charter flight for Occidental Petroleum, crashed in rainy weather whilst on approach to Andoas Peru, killing 75 people on board; eleven passengers and two crew members survived.[1]

Occidental Petroleum chartered the aircraft to transport workers to the Andoas oil field.[2] The aircraft was registered as FAP-351 (c/n 23041 / m/n 962) and had only entered service with the Peruvian Air Force a few weeks before the crash.[1]

Crash[edit]

The aircraft crashed around 21:30 local time while on an NDB approach to Alférez FAP Alfredo Vladimir Sara Bauer Airport at Andoas. The aircraft crashed 3 miles short of Andoas.[2] It was scheduled to arrive at Andoas at 21:17 local time.[1]

Medical teams were delayed more than a day in reaching the crash site due to poor weather, with the survivors being carried on stretchers in torrential rain to a medical post in Andoas because the weather prevented their evacuation by helicopter.[3] Later a Peruvian Air Force Boeing 737 rescue aircraft flew to Andoas, carrying a medical team, crash experts and police investigators.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "13 survivors found from crash". Ellensburg Daily Record. 6 May 1998. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "24 still missing, presumed dead in Peru crash". CNN. 7 May 1998. Retrieved 27 May 2014.