Accident Boeing 737-222 OB-1451,
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Date:Thursday 29 February 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 737-222
Owner/operator:Faucett Perú
Registration: OB-1451
MSN: 19072/86
Year of manufacture:1968
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 123 / Occupants: 123
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:6,3 km W of Arequipa-Rodriguez Ballon Airport (AQP) -   Peru
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Lima-Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM/SPIM)
Destination airport:Arequipa-Rodríguez Ballón Airport (AQP/SPQU)
Investigating agency: DGAT Peru
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Faucett flight 251, a Boeing 737-222, 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 crossing the PADIS reporting point, located 5.7 nautical miles from the runway, at the required altitude of 9500 feet, while the aircraft was actually flying at 8644 feet. Airfield elevation is 8404 feet.

Main Cause
Crew error
01- Descending below the official minimum altitude established for the VOR instrument approach at Arequipa airport.
02- Attempting to fly in VFR visual conditions, when they were in IFR instrument conditions (fog bank), at low altitude in the final approach phase to Arequipa's runway 09.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: DGAT Peru
Report number: final report
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Aviation Week & Space Technology 11.03.96(33)
Flight International 24--30 April 1996 (12)
Volkskrant 02.03.96(4)



photo (c) Google Earth; Arequipa-Rodríguez Ballón Airport (AQP/SPQU)

photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Opa-Locka Airport, FL (OPF); February 1990

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