Preliminary Report: Aircraft hits terrain during IFR approach in mountains

 - January 4, 2008, 9:39 AM

Fokker F28-MK1000, Chachapoyas, Peru, Jan. 9, 2003–The Fokker F28 twin jet, Peruvian registration OB-1396, was destroyed when it hit mountainous terrain at approximately 8:43 a.m. EST during approach to the Chachapoyas Airport (SPPY) in Peru. The flight originated at Chicklayo (SPHI) at approximately 7:30 a.m.

The airplane, which was owned by the Government of Peru, was being operated by TANS (Transportes Aereos Nacionales de la Selva) as an on-demand air-taxi flight designated as TANS Flight 1396. All 46 passengers and crew were killed in the accident. IMC prevailed throughout the area and the flight was on an IFR flight plan.

It took search-and-rescue aircraft approximately 48 hours to locate the wreckage near the crest of an 11,000-foot mountain, 10 miles north of the Runway 31 landing threshold. No distress calls were received from the crew before the accident, and the Peruvian authorities recovered both recorders.