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Last updated: 30 May 2020
Date:Friday 22 August 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-251
Registration: HC-BVU
C/n / msn: 21322/1265
First flight: 1977-05-12 (20 years 4 months)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15/-15A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 47
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 56
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:San Cristóbal Airport (SCY), Galapagos (   Ecuador)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Guayaquil-Simon Bolivar Airport (GYE/SEGU), Ecuador
Destination airport:San Cristobal Airport, Galapagos (SCY/SEST), Ecuador
Landed 36.5 m short following a low NDB approach to runway 16. The undercarriage struck the raised lip of the runway, causing it to collapse. After sliding for about 700 m before coming to rest on the right side of the runway.
Anti-skid problems forced the crew to try to land as soon after the threshold as possible.


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12 MAY 1977 N283US Northwest Airlines

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 Guayaquil-Simon Bolivar Airport to San Cristobal Airport, Galapagos as the crow flies is 1086 km (678 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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