Accident description
Last updated: 24 October 2014
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 17 February 2002
Time:08:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-236
Operator:Aerolineas Argentinas
Registration: LV-ZRE
C/n / msn: 23168/1077
First flight: 1985-01-09 (17 years 1 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:San Juan, SJ (   Argentina)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Santiago-Arturo Merino Benitez Airport (SCL/SCEL), Chile
Destination airport:Buenos Aires/Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport, BA (EZE/SAEZ), Argentina
Flightnumber:1289
Narrative:
Flight AR1289 suffered a crack in the fuselage near the cabin door while climbing through FL330, causing depressurization. The plane diverted to San Juan.

CAUSE (translated from Spanish): Rupture of the lining of the fuselage, in the climb phase, reaching flight level 330 which resulted in a controlled depressurisation during a regularly scheduled passengers flight, because the area was hit by an impact from the passenger boarding bridge during boarding operation. Contributing Factors: An unauthorized person operated the boarding bridge in the early morning hours. Poor safety control in the operational area of the airport.

Classification:
Forced landing on runway

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Distance from Santiago-Arturo Merino Benitez Airport to Buenos Aires/Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport, BA as the crow flies is 5297 km (3310 miles).

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