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Logo Tans Peru.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
TJ ELV Aereos Selva
Founded1963 (1963)
Commenced operationsNovember 1999 (1999-11)
Ceased operations2006 (2006)
Company sloganTan peruanos como tú (English: As Peruvian as you)
Parent companyPeruvian Government (100%)
HeadquartersMiraflores, Lima, Peru
Key peopleFernando Levano Castillo (President)

TANS Perú, an acronym for Transportes Aéreos Nacionales de Selva,[1] was a Peruvian airline based in Lima. The airline was headquartered at the Miraflores District in the capital city of the country. Completely state-owned, the carrier operated scheduled domestic passenger and cargo services from its main base at Jorge Chávez International Airport.


TANS (also known as Grupo Aéreo de Transporte 42 was established in 1963 as an arm of the Peruvian Air Force, based at the remote city of Iquitos, inaccessible by road, and tasked with providing scheduled airline flights, together with fulfilling search and rescue and medevac needs. In 1988, its fleet consisted of a mixture of Pilatus PC-6 Porters and de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters, mainly operating as floatplanes. Although its missions were mainly civilian, it remained part of the Air Force until 1999, being granted civil certification in November 1999.[1][2]:232–233

At March 2000 (2000-03), the fleet included three Boeing 737-200s, seven de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300, one Fokker F-28 Mk1000 and five HAMC Y-12-IIs; at this time, services to Arequipa, Chiclayo, Cuzco, Iquitos, Juanjuí, Juliaca, Lima, Piura, Pucallpa, Rioja, Trujillo and Yurimaguas were operated.[3] In January 2006 (2006-01) the airline's license was suspended by the Peruvian Government.[4]


A Tans Perú Boeing 737-200 at Padre Aldamiz Airport in 2005.

TANS Perú served the following destinations throughout its history:[1]

City Airport Code Airport Name Notes
Arequipa AQP SPQU Rodríguez Ballón International Airport
Cuzco CUZ SPZO Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport
Iquitos IQT SPQT Crnl. FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport
Juliaca JUL SPJL Inca Manco Cápac International Airport
Lima LIM SPIM Jorge Chávez International Airport Hub
Piura PIU SPUR Cap. FAP Guillermo Concha Iberico International Airport
Pucallpa PCL SPCL FAP Captain David Abenzur Rengifo International Airport
Puerto Maldonado PEM SPTU Padre Aldamiz International Airport
Tarapoto TPP SPST Cad. FAP Guillermo del Castillo Paredes Airport
Tumbes TBP SPME Cap. FAP Pedro Canga Rodríguez Airport

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Aviation Safety Network records six accidents/incidents for the airline, of which five led to fatalities; the number of casualties involved in these deadly accidents totals 105.[5] All the events the airline experienced throughout its history carried with the hull-loss of the aircraft involved.[5] Following is the list of these events.

Date Location Aircraft Tail number Fate Fatalities Description of the event Refs
27 August 1992 PeruSan Antonio del Estrecho Twin Otter 300 OB-1153 W/O 8/21 The pilot attempted to land the aircraft on the Algodón River following the loss of power. Hit trees on approach and crashed. [6][7]
21 October 1992 Peru Lake Caballochoa Twin Otter 300 OB-1155 W/O 8/11 Crashed into a lake following an engine failure. [8]
14 May 1993 Peru Atalaya Harbin Yunshuji Y-12-II OB-1499 W/O 0 Overran the runway on landing. [9]
4 April 1995 Peru Iquitos Harbin Yunshuji Y-12-II OB-1498 W/O 3/3 Crashed during initial climbout, shortly after takeoff from Crnl. FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport. [10]
9 January 2003 Peru Chachapoyas Fokker F-28-1000 OB-1396 W/O 46/46 The aircraft was operating the second leg of a domestic scheduled LimaChiclayo–Chachapoyas passenger service as Flight 222. Crashed into Cerro Coloque [es] on approach to the final destination airport. [11]
23 August 2005 Peru Pucallpa Boeing 737-200 OB-1809-P W/O 40/98 Crash-landed in a swampland on approach to Pucallpa Airport amid a hail storm. Was operating a domestic scheduled Lima–Pucallpa–Iquitos passenger service as Flight 204. [12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "World Airline Directory – TANS (Transportes Aereos Nacionales de la Selva)". Flight International. Vol. 159 no. 4774. 3–9 April 2001. p. 86. ISSN 0015-3710. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "Andean Air Power...The Peruvian Air Force". Air International. Vol. 34 no. 5. May 1988. pp. 224–234, 240. ISSN 0306-5634.
  3. ^ "World airline directory – TANS - Transportes Aéreos Nacionales de la Selva". Flight International. Vol. 157 no. 4720. 21–27 March 2000. p. 104. ISSN 0015-3710. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013.
  4. ^ "Peru Suspends operations of its National Airline". Caribbean News Digital. 19 January 2006. Archived from the original on 5 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Accident record for TANS Perú". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  6. ^ Accident description for OB-1499 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 11 November 2011.
  7. ^ "Airline safety review – Fatal accidents: Regional and commuter operations". Flight International. 27 January – 2 February 1993. p. 30. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 November 2016.
  8. ^ Accident description for OB-1155 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 16 November 2011.
  9. ^ Accident description for OB-1499 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 24 October 2011.
  10. ^ Accident description for OB-1498 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 11 November 2011.
  11. ^ Accident description for OB-1396 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 24 October 2011.
  12. ^ Accident description for OB-1809-P at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 11 November 2011.