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Accident description
Last updated: 24 April 2018
Date:Thursday 24 August 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-287C
Operator:Aerolineas Argentinas
Registration: LV-JNE
C/n / msn: 20408/265
First flight: 1970-09-11 (8 years)
Total airframe hrs:19631
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 99
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 105
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Buenos Aires-Jorge Newbery Airport, BA (AEP) (   Argentina)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bahía Blanca-Comandante Espora Airport, BA (BHI/SAZB), Argentina
Destination airport:Buenos Aires-Jorge Newbery Airport, BA (AEP/SABE), Argentina
During the approach to Buenos Aires the crew forgot to lower the landing gear. When the gear warning sounded, the copilot reacted by pulling the circuit breakers to silence the alarm. The approach was continued and the airplane belly landed.

Probable Cause:

CAUSAS: "Principio de Incendio y evacuación de aeronave durante el aterrizaje por haber omitido la tripulación de vuelo extender el tren de aterrizaje, durante una aproximación normal con el copiloto al mando y el comandante en el asiento de la derecha. Por falta de disciplina funcional y omisión de procedimientos y listas de chequeo, con el agravante de haber desconectado intencionalmente los dispositivos de alarma auditiva de tren no extendido (GPWS)."

» Informe Final de Accidente de Aviación / Junta de Investigación de Accidentes de Aviación Civil (JIAAC)


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Distance from Bahía Blanca-Comandante Espora Airport, BA to Buenos Aires-Jorge Newbery Airport, BA as the crow flies is 570 km (356 miles).

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