ASN Aircraft accident Antonov An-32A OB-1389 Piura Airport (PIU)
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Date:Saturday 28 March 1998
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-32A
Operator:Fuerza Aérea del Peru - FAP
Registration: OB-1389
MSN: 1304
First flight: 1987
Engines: 2 Ivchenko AI-20D
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 50
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 55
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Piura Airport (PIU) (   Peru)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tumbes Airport (TBP/SPME), Peru
Destination airport:Piura Airport (PIU/SPUR), Peru
The Antonov was flying regularly from Tumbes to Piura to evacuate people stranded by El Nino-driven floods. The plane had taken off at 09:10 from Tumbes. While approaching Piura one of the engines failed. The pilot from the heavily loaded aircraft couldn't maintain height. The Antonov eventually struck three houses of a shantytown and crashed into a canal.
There is some uncertainty about the registration.

Loss of control

» El Comercio
» Scramble 235


photo of Antonov-An-32-OB-1389
accident date: 28-03-1998
type: Antonov An-32
registration: OB-1389

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 Tumbes Airport to Piura Airport as the crow flies is 185 km (116 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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