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Last updated: 15 November 2018
Status:Preliminary
Date:Saturday 22 December 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC5 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-5D Buffalo
Operator:Fuerza Aérea del Peru - FAP
Registration: FAP-321
C/n / msn: 44
First flight: 1971
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Total:Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 29
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Puerto Esperanza (   Peru)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Pucallpa Airport (PCL/SPCL), Peru
Destination airport:Puerto Esperanza Airport (SPEP), Peru
Narrative:
Crashed into the jungle.

Sources:
» Jorge Merino
» The Bryan Times - Dec 26, 1979


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Distance from Pucallpa Airport to Puerto Esperanza Airport as the crow flies is 450 km (281 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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