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Accident description
Last updated: 25 October 2016
Date:Thursday 29 February 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-222
Registration: OB-1451
C/n / msn: 19072/86
First flight: 1968-10-21 (27 years 5 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 117 / Occupants: 117
Total:Fatalities: 123 / Occupants: 123
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:6,3 km (3.9 mls) W of Arequipa-Rodriguez Ballon Airport (AQP) (   Peru)
Crash site elevation: 2443 m (8015 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Lima-Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM/SPIM), Peru
Destination airport:Arequipa-Rodríguez Ballón Airport (AQP/SPQU), Peru
Faucett flight 251 took off from Lima, Peru at 19:10 for a domestic flight to Arequipa and Tacna. When performing a VOR/DME approach to runway 09 at Arequipa, the aircraft impacted a hillside at an altitude of 8015 feet. The main fuselage carried over the initial ridge and impacted near the top of a second ridge. The empennage fell to an arroyo between the two ridges.
It appeared that the pilot reported flying at 9500 feet, while the aircraft was actually flying at 8644 feet. Airfield elevation is 8404 feet.

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View from accident location to runway 09 at Arequipa
photo of Boeing 737-222 N459AC
N459AC was stored at Opa Locka in 1990 until being bought by International Air Leases, which leased the plane to Faucett in July 1991.
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Lima-Jorge Chavez International Airport to Arequipa-Rodríguez Ballón Airport as the crow flies is 762 km (477 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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