Accident description
Last updated: 1 September 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 3 September 1980
Time:14:37
Type:Boeing 727-21
Operator:Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
Registration: N327PA
C/n / msn: 19036/278
First flight: 1966-05-27 (14 years 3 months)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 67
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 73
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) (   Costa Rica) show on map
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Destination airport:San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO/MROC), Costa Rica
Flightnumber: 421
Narrative:
The Boeing, named "Clipper Meteor", undershot runway 07 in heavy rain. The aircraft struck approach lights and the landing gear had sheared off when the plane came to rest in a field.

Classification:

Sources:
» Jet-Airliner Unfälle seit 1952 / J. Richter, Chr. Wolf


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Distance from Miami International Airport, FL to San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport as the crow flies is 1794 km (1121 miles).

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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