Aviation 101 Boeing 727
Development of the Boeing trijet began in the late 1950's and was a compromise to requests from three different US airlines wanting a two engine, three engine or a four engine design based on their individual needs. The resulting 727-100 could carry 131 passengers on short to medium-length flights, operating from fairly short runways at smaller airports.
The first -100 production model flew in Feb. 1963 and entered service with Eastern Airlines in Feb. 1964. The first -200 model was delivered to Northeast Airlines in Dec. 1967, and the final version -200 Advanced was introduced in 1972.
The 727 production line continued at the Renton, WA plant until Sep. 1984. By that date a total of 1832 aircraft had been manufactured, the highest total for any jet airliner until it was surpassed by the Boeing 737 in the early 1990's.
Comparison between the -100 and -200
Cut-away view of the 727
131 passengers (one-class, maximum)
189 passengers (one-class)
145 passengers (two-class)
3 flight crew plus ca. 4 cabin crew
133 ft 2 in (40.59 m)
153 ft 2 in (46.69 m)
11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)
108 ft 0 in (32.92 m)
1,650 sq ft (153 m2)
34 ft 0 in (10.36 m)
170,000 lb (77,000 kg)
184,800 lb (83,800 kg)
209,500 lb (95,000 kg)
Operating empty weight
80,602 lb (36,560 kg)
98,400 lb (44,600 kg)
102,900 lb (46,700 kg)
Max. fuel capacity
7,680 US gal (29,100 l)
8,090 US gal (30,600 l)
8,090 US gal (30,600 l) (Standard)
10,520 US gal (39,800 l) (optional)
Take-off distance at MTOW
8,300 ft (2,500 m)
10,000 ft (3,000 m)
8,500 ft (2,600 m)
(with full load)
2,300 nmi (4,300 km)
1,700 nmi (3,100 km)
1,900 nmi (3,500 km) (Standard)
2,600 nmi (4,800 km) (Optional)
Max cruise speed
Typical cruise speed
540 mph (470 kn)
36,100 ft (11,000 m)
42,000 ft (13,000 m)
42,000 ft (13,000 m)
Rate of climb
2,940 ft/min (14.9 m/s)
LAB Boeing 727 Aircraft Fleet -- Detailed Histories and Photographs of Eighteen Aircraft
My photo of "861" taken 18 Jun 1971 at El Trompillo Santa Cruz
Boeing 727-1AO c/n 20279 l/n 748
Boeing Co. - roll out from Renton WA assembly plant 17 Jul 1969
- first flight 12 Aug 1969
LAB CP-861 17 Feb 1970
- named "City of Sucre"
- wfu (withdrawn from use) 5 Mar 2007
- in storage in CBB w/o engines
The story of CP-861: This aircraft was well-known in Bolivia and elsewhere as the first jet in the fleet of Lloyd Aereo Boliviano. It flew for 37 years for the same company (LAB), possibly a world record. As of March 2007 CP-861 had 66,834 hours of flight time and had completed 79,669 cycles (one cycle consists of one takeoff and one landing). With the demise of LAB in 2008, it now sits among other abandoned aircraft on the old LAB property in Cochabamba; it should be in a museum.
Personal note: I was privileged to fly on this beautiful aircraft six times; the first time, as a nineteen year old missionary, was on 20 May 1971, my third day in Bolivia, on a flight from La Paz to Santa Cruz. And the last time was on 18 Apr 1997 with my three oldest sons and a niece. That flight was from Cochabamba back to Santa Cruz where my wife's family lives. In the early years of it's career in Bolivia, when people would see "861" flying overhead leaving the characteristic white contrails in it's wake, they would say something like, there goes the "avion a chorros !" Rough translation: the plane that leaves a line or stream in the sky. During the 32 years that I visited Bolivia and the five years we lived there, when I would walk through the airports, I would always feel good to see that "861" was still there and was safe.
Photo by Augusto Gomez Rojas - Planespotters.net
Boeing 727-171C c/n 19860 l/n 599
Boeing Co. First flight: 27 Jun 1968
Trans International Airlines N1728T 5 Jul 1968
Braniff Airways - leased from TIA " 27 Nov 1972
- incident 8 Aug 1973
Trans International Airlines - returned " 7 May 1974
LAB CP-1070 Sep 1974
- "City of Puerto Suarez"
- wfu by 2001
- stored at Cochabamba
- w/o engines, doors, other parts 2002
- still parked at CBB 14 Jan 2015
Incident: While flying for Braniff on 8 Aug 1973, this aircraft took off from Washington Dulles airport destined for JFK in New York. Fifteen minutes into the flight both hydraulic systems failed. The pilot was instructed to return to Dulles and when the landing gear had to be manually lowered, it did not lock in place. An emergency landing on a foamed runway was successful. No damage to the plane was incurred nor injuries suffered by the occupants.
Personal: I flew on CP-1070 five times, from 1983- 1993.
Photo by Bob Polaneczky - jetphotos.net
Photo courtesy of Robert Domandl - airliners.net
Cuzco Photo by Merlyn Pauley - planespotters.net
Boeing 727-78 c/n 18795 l/n 104
History: First flight: 5 Jan 1965
BWIA - British West Indian Airways 9Y-TCP 13 Jan 1965
Braniff Airways N306BN 10 Apr 1971
LAB CP-1223 7 Mar 1975
- accident 24 Jun 1975
- permanently wfu Apr 2005
- parked at CBB
Accident: In Bolivia the date 24 June is celebrated as the coldest day of the year, being in the middle of the winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and is referred to as "dia de San Juan". On this night many different traditions are observed including the building of fires in the streets and elsewhere to burn the wood and trash accumulated during the previous year. As a result, on the following morning many cities around the country are covered with a dense cloud of smoke. (Whether or not this practice continues to the present - 2015- I do not know).
With this in mind consider the situation on 24 Jun 1975 confronting LAB flight 912 from La Paz as it approached Cochabamba for a scheduled 09:55 arrival. CP-1223 had been operating in Bolivia for just over three months and was flying that morning with 105 passengers; including Juan Lechin Suarez and the famous Argentine football (soccer) team Boca Juniors.
Juan Lechin Suarez was the Bolivian Minister of Coordination (?) and half brother of Juan Lechin Oquendo, labor leader and former Bolivian vice president. Boca was on a tour of Bolivia and had played a game in La Paz two days earlier and was scheduled to play in Cochabamba later that day.
With such poor visibility the runway was not seen by the crew until after they had descended below 500 feet in altitude. At that moment the "student" co-pilot apparently cut power to the engines causing the aircraft to descend rapidly and strike the runway with enough force to cause the landing gear to collapse, first on the left side then the right. Sliding down the length of the runway the plane finally came to rest intact but suffering severe damage to both wings, and the underside of the aircraft. Luckily there was no fire and the passengers and crew were able to leave the plane using the emergency exits (slides ?).
The English insurance company covering LAB's fleet at the time, paid $1.8 million for repairs of the aircraft. About 30 technicians and mechanics from Boeing arrived in Cochabamba, along with replacement parts and their tools. Work was done in 12 hour shifts around the clock until completed a few weeks later. After a certification flight on 9 Aug 1975, CP-1223 was returned to regular service.
By the way, Boca Juniors defeated Wilstermann 2-1 the following day; they had lost to the Bolivian National team 1-0 in La Paz on 22 June.
Photos of the accident:
Photos from aviacionboliviana.net website - see link below:
The full story of this incident - in Spanish - and some rare photos including those seen above, can be found in the excellent article by Aviacion Boliviana.Net referenced below:
Summary of service: When CP-1223 was retired in 2005 it had competed 40 years of service, including 33 years with LAB. Total flight time was 75,820 hours and cycles completed: 87,916. One source listed "1223" as the oldest operational jetliner in the world.
Personal: I only flew once on CP-1223; on 29 July 1993 my wife and oldest son and I flew from Cochabamba to Tarija with a short stop in Sucre. We were happy to leave the beautiful city of Tarija the following day and return to Santa Cruz; it was so cold in Tarija, and we were not prepared for it, that I remember using my wife's hair dryer to warm up our unheated hotel room.
With BWIA in Montego Bay 1965 - Photo by Jon Proctor - jetphotos.net
With Braniff at NY JFK in 1973 - Photo by George W. Hamlin - jetphotos.net
Photo by Juliano Damasio - planespotters.net
Boeing 727-2K3 Adv c/n 21082 l/n 1124
Boeing Co. - roll out N48054 Mar 1975
- first flight 2 Apr 1975
LAB CP-1276 8 Oct 1975
- terrorist incident 23 Jan 1985
- permanently wfu abt 2007
- was one of six planes seized for tax debt Apr 2013
- still in storage at CBB w/o engines 14 Jan 2015
Terrorist Incident: On 23 Jan 1985 during a flight from La Paz to Santa Cruz on CP-1276, a passenger went into the forward lavatory carrying a suitcase containing an explosive. An explosion occurred killing the passenger as the aircraft was 55 km. (about 34 miles) from it's destination. The plane was able to make a safe landing in Santa Cruz with the other 119 passengers and crew of seven, after what must have been a terrifying experience. CP-1276 had suffered substantial damage but was repaired and returned to service.
Government seizure: CP-1276 was one of six LAB aircraft "seized" by the federal government for a debt of $69.8 million owed by the company. Another source states a debt of $593 million. The other aircraft involved were: CP-861, 1223, 1366, 1367 and 2455.
Personal: We flew on CP-1276 five times, including one flight in 1988 from Santa Cruz to Panama then Miami. In 1997 it took us to Santiago, then two weeks later brought us back to Santa Cruz via Iquique. The pilot allowed my sons and I to take turns sitting in the cockpit as we approached the lights of Santa Cruz by night - spectacular !
Photo by Edinilson Marques
Photo by Herson Mendes
Photo by Gary Vincent - airliners.net
(A photo of CP-1339 with LAB colors can be found on the FB page Friends of Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano in a post of 27 Jan 2016.)
Boeing 727-17 c/n 20512 l/n 858
Boeing Co. First flight: 26 Feb 1971
CP Air - Canadian Pacific Airlines CF-CUR 11 Mar 1971
Boeing Co. N99548 17 Mar 1977
LAB - leased CP-1339 14 Apr 1977
Boeing Co. N99548 11 Aug 1978
Revlon Corp. N767RV 16 Oct 1978
Executive Air Fleet / Baker Corp. / Paul Getty N311AG May 1986
Vallejo Co. "
Gordon P. Getty; Ann G. Getty " 17 Dec 2001
- active as of 2015
Owned by Revlon Corp. - Photo by Gerard Helmer - airliners.net
Owned by the Getty Family - Photo by Craig Stevens - airliners.net
Photo by Gilles Brion - jetphotos.net
Boeing 727-2K3 c/n 21494 l/n 1373
Boeing Co. First flight: 24 Jul 1978
LAB CP-1366 4 Aug 1978
- fitted with winglets 2000
- named "Ezequiel 36:36"
AeroSur - leased " 1 Jul 2009
TAM - leased " Sep 2009
Boliviana de Aviacion - leased " Feb 2011
LAB " Apr 2011
- LAB's last operational aircraft
- permanently wfu at CBB as of 28 Oct 2013
Personal: Four flights including a New Year's Eve flight in 1987: Miami - Panama - Santa Cruz.
CP-1366 leased by AeroSur arriving in Cochabamba - 8 July 2009 - Photo: Michael Flebbe
Photo by Michael Flebbe - Air-Britain Photographic Images
Boeing 727-2K3 c/n 21495 l/n 1403
Boeing Co. First flight: 11 Oct 1978
LAB CP-1367 25 Oct 1978
- named "Juan Pablo II" - wfu 30 Mar 2007
- certification flight Jul 2010
TAM - Transporte Aereo Militar " 14 Jul 2010
- wfu by 2013
- stored at CBB - last noted 2015
Note: This aircraft transported Pope John Paul II around Bolivia during his visit in 1988.
Personal: Five flights on CP-1367. In Mar 1981 flight 901: Miami - Panama - Santa Cruz; in Aug 1993 flight 902: Santa Cruz - Manaus - Caracas - Miami; and three domestic flights in 1997.
Pope John Paul II arrives in Tarija on CP-1367 in May 1988 - Photo AviacionBoliviana.Net
Pope John Paul II in Bolivia May 1988 - Photo; Diario Pagina Siete
The only photo I could find of CP-1741 - which never flew for LAB - Photo by Paul Chu - Flickr
Boeing 727-2K3 c/n 22770 l/n 1807
Boeing Co. First flight: 28 Jun 1982
US Air N776AL 15 Mar 1983
Sterling Airways - Denmark OY-SBO May 1987
LACSA - Costa Rica " 30 Oct 1989
- Lineas Aereas Costarricenses S.A.
LACSA " 8 Nov 1990
Sterling Airways " 31 Mar 1991
Sterling European " 1 Mar 1994
- merger of Sterling with Maersk Air
Riverhorse Investments N891DB 30 Jun 1998
Allegro Airlines " Oct 1998
LAB CP-1741 ??
- ntu (not taken up) - never flown by LAB
Sun Country Airlines N291SC 5 Jun 1999
- wfu and parked at KMQY - Smyrna airport, TN May 2002
JMA Holdings Llc " Sep 2003
- broken up at KMQY 2005 or 2010
Note: Although this aircraft never flew for LAB, it appeared on record in 1998 or 1999 as being registered by the company as CP-1741 with the intention of it being used by LAB in Bolivia. Some sources of information have this aircraft as being the derelict airframe parked in Cochabamba with the Allegro colors; that is incorrect. The parked aircraft at CBB is the former XA-TMA flown by the Mexican airline Allegro from 1998-2003, and which would have taken the registration CP-2427 had it been flown in Bolivia. Later it was re-registered as N907PG by Pegasus Aviation and ART 22164 LLC, but apparently never left Bolivia. See the section under CP-2427 in this post.
Photo by Fraank C. Duarte Jr - airliners.net
Photo by Javier Rodriguez - airliners.net
Photo by Javier Rodriguez - airliners.net
Photo by Mark Abbott - airliners.net
Photo by Andy Martin - airliners.net
Boeing 727-2J4 c/n 22079 l/n 1588
Boeing Co. First flight: 21 Feb 1980
Sterling Airways - Denmark OY-SBE 11 Mar 1980
- wfu 22 Sep 1993
Air Vias Brasil PP-AIW 9 Feb 1994
TABA " 20 Aug 1995
- Transportes Aereos Regionais da Bacia Amazonica
- wfu Nov 1995
LAB CP-2294 Feb 1996
- leased from TABA
- named "City of Potosi"
VASP - Viacao Aerea Sao Paulo PP-SFQ 1 Dec 1998
VASP " 1998-2002
- conversion to cargo version -2J4F
- permanently wfu at Sao Paulo CGH 2002
- used for spare parts - broken up at CGH Congonhas airport 2012
Note of interest: According to the Boeing 727 Data Center based in Brazil, the Brazilian airline VASP acquired CP-2294 intending to convert it to a cargo carrier. Apparently the conversion project started in Dec 1998, stopped in 1999, restarted in Oct 2001, then stopped again. Part of the difficulties were financial; but in addition a major mistake had been made: VASP technicians had cut the new freight door in the wrong place on the fuselage! So there sat "2294", being used for spare parts until being broken up in 2012. How sad.
Personal: We only flew once on CP-2294; in Apr 1997: La Paz - Tarija.
Operated by Sterling Airways of Denmark - photo by Pedro Aragao - airliners.net
Operated by AirVias Brasil - Photo by Carlos A. Morillo Doria - airliners.net
Excellent view from above by Orlando Beaumont - airliners.net
Boeing 727-287/Adv c/n 22605 l/n 1787
Boeing Co. N1782B Oct 1981
- Roll out from factory: 23 Oct 1981
- First flight: 6 Nov 1981
Aereolineas Argentinas LV-OLP 8 Jan 1982
Air Ostrava - Czech Rep. OK-MGS Jun 1996
PAHC - Pacific Aviation Holding Co. N917PG 27 Mar 1997
- Pegasus Aviation
- Pacific Aircorp 917 Inc - mentioned as owners of this a/c during this time period
- observed in Tucson AZ - storage 14 May 1997
LAB CP-2323 2 Jun 1997
- named "City of Oruro"
- leased from PAHC
- accident w/o 9 Jan 2001
- in storage at Ezeiza B.A.
- awaiting repairs ? Feb 2001
- broken up starting in Aug 2001
The accident: On 9 Jan 2001 at Ezeiza Airport outside of Buenos Aires, CP-2323 was preparing for it's return flight 932 to VVI Santa Cruz. On board were 138 passengers and a crew of eight. As the aircraft taxied out to runway 11 prior to takeoff, the left main landing gear failed causing substantial damage to the left wing and underside of the plane and spilling jet fuel onto the pavement from a ruptured fuel tank.
Luckily there was no fire and all of the passengers and crew were able to exit the plane using the emergency chutes. Investigation revealed that the failure was caused by "the forward trunnion bearing support fitting" breaking "due to intergranular corrosion". This information is from the Aviation Safety Network accident report on the ASN website.
I can't help but speculate what would have happened to the plane and occupants if that "support fitting" had remained intact for another ten minutes. The outcome would probably have been much different.
As it was, the airport crews moved the damaged plane away from the runway and taxiway, and there it sat - it's career was over.
Excellent photo taken just after the accident by Marcelo Lopez - airliners.net
An excellent photographic record of this accident can be found at the "Boeing 727 Datacenter" website at:
Photo by Alain Durand - Avimage - jetphotos.net
In transition with PAHC in 1997 - Photo by Peter Smithson - airliners.net
Another view of CP-2323 - Photo by Andy Martin - airliners.net
Florianopolis Brazil 12 Feb 2006 - photo: Juliano Damasio- planespotters.net
727-2M7/Adv c/n 21823 l/n 1591
Boeing Co. N730RW First flight: 27 Feb 1980
Hughes Airwest " 21 Mar 1980
Aerolineas Argentinas LV-ODY 26 May 1980
VIASA YV-131C May 1995 - Venzolana Internacional de Aviacion
Aerolineas Argentinas LV-ODY Nov 1996
Pacific Aircorp Inc. 918 N918PG 20 Apr 1997
- leasing - also mentioned: Pegasus Aviation / Capital - Pacific Aviation Holding Co.
LAB CP-2324 16 Aug 1997
- leased from PAHC
- active 2006
- ceased operations and stored at CBB Apr 2007
- permanently wfu 2008
- still parked at CBB 2015
same as above photo
Sao Paulo GRU May 1992 - photo: Carlos A. Morillo Doria- airliners.net
In June 2007 officials of GA Telesis, a leasing company based in the USA and the current owner of this aircraft as well as CP-2455, arrived in CBB and attempted to remove the two aircraft from LAB property, and begin their return to the USA. Apparently LAB was 14 months behind in it's lease payments to GA Telesis. The engines of both planes had been removed and the ensuing negotiations resulted in the two aircraft remaining in CBB.
CBB 14 Jan 2015 - photo: Robert Domandl- airliners.net
CBB 10 Oct 2007 - Michael Flebbe- airbitain.com
727-2B7 c/n 22164 l/n 1743
U.S. Air N772AL 5 May 1981
Sterling Airways -Copenhagen OY-SBH 16 Oct 1986
Tunisair -leased " 27 Mar 1993
Sterling Airways " Aug 1993
-wfu 22 Sep 1993
SEA - Sterling European Airways " Mar 1994
Air Liberte Tunesie -leased " 7 Apr 1994
PAHC- Pacific Aviation Holding Co. N907PG Nov 1994
Aero Peru " 30 Nov 1994
-Empresa de Transporte Aereo del Peru
Aero Peru OB-1590 31 Dec 1994
-wfu Nov 1998
Pegasus Aviation Inc. N907PG Nov 1998
Allegro Air -leased XA-TMA 20 Dec 1998
LAB -leased CP-2427 -ntu 1 Oct 2003
-never flown by LAB
ART 22164 LLC N907PG 25 Aug 2005
-LLC formed for this aircraft (c/n 22164) for tax write-off ??
Pegasus Aviation " 29 Aug 2005
-stored at CBB in Allegro Air color scheme (!)
-last report Dec 2014
LAX Mar 1985 - Frank C. Duarte Jr. - airliners.net
Toulouse, France Mar 1994 - photo: Dn280 - airliners.net
Portugal 14 Jul 1994 - photo: Pedro Aragao - airliners.net
Sao Paulo GRU 17 Jul 1998 photo: Bruno Orofino - jetphotos.net
Vancouver Jul 1999 - photo: Rob Rindt - jetphotos.net
"El Ekeko" - Sao Paulo -GRU 8 Oct 2004 - photo: Haroldo Fiuza Junior- jetphotos.net
727-2M7/Adv(F) c/n 21502 l/n 1339
Boeing Co. First flight 20 Apr 1978
Hughes Airwest N725RW 2 May 1978
-"Spirit of Patriotism"
Philippine Airlines -leased " 15 July 1979
Republic Airlines -returned " 25 Sep 1981
Northwest Airlines -merged " 1 Oct 1986
FSBU " 19 Jan 1990
-First Security Bank of Utah (!) aircraft leasing
Pegasus Aviation / Leasing " Jul 1996
-wfu Jul 1996
Ecuatoriana -(VASP) HC-BVM 10 Aug 1996
Pegasus Aviation -returned N725RW 13 Jan 2000
-converted to freighter Jun 2000
Express One International -leased " Aug 2000
Pegasus Aviation -returned " Dec 2001
LAB -cargo only CP-2428 May 2003
- named "Ekeko"
Pacific Corp. (Pegasus) -new registration N998PG 30 Mar 2006
-Pacific Aircorp 21502 Inc.
-stored at ROW Roswell, NM storage facility
PAI - Sky Corp.
Aero Condor Peru -ntu -? (photo) OB-1883-P 2008
Total Linhas Aereas PR-TTP 12 Sep 2008 -Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Chicago May 1978 - photo: Jon Proctor
Hughes Airwest aircraft were often called "the flying bananas" as only a photo can show. This aircraft was officially named "Spirit of Patriotism", a much more dignified title.
Singapore Jan 1980 - photo: Doug Green - airliners.net
LAX Dec 1989 -photo: Alain Durand / avimage - jetphotos.net
An interesting note: FSBU - First Security Bank of Utah, where I live, was a large financial institution that merged with Well Fargo in 2000. Thru leasing and financing of large commercial aircraft their fleet consisted of 94 aircraft that I could find, including the following types: Airbus A300 - 22, Boeing 737 - 32, 747 - 11, 757 - 2, 767 - 2, DC-10 -8, MD-80 - 7 and several other smaller regional jets. This was during the time period of 1992-2001. FSBU was listed as the owner of this plane from 1990-1996 when it was being leased to Northwest Airlines. (Seen above)
Sao Paulo GRU 18 Jul 1998 - photo: Bruno Orofino - jetphotos.net
Lima 21 Jun 2008 - photo: aero icarus
Although listed as "ntu" - not taken up, or never flown by that airline; this aircraft did receive a full paint job in Aero Condor's colors.
Florianopolis Brazil 28 Nov 2012 - photo: airfln.com
By the way, when this aircraft was being flown by LAB, as a cargo carrier only, it was named "Ekeko", for the pre-Columbian god of prosperity and abundance. As you can see from the above photo of an Ekeko doll, that name was perfect for a cargo plane based in Bolivia.
Manaus, Brazil 19 Dec 2003 - photo: Ulrich F. Hoppe - jetphotos.net
727-259/Adv c/n 22475 l/n 1690
Boeing Co. First flight 14 Nov 1980
Avianca - Colombia N204AV 4 Dec 1980
- returned to Boeing
- stored at Marana, AZ 18 Mar 1993
IALC - International Air Leases Corp. " 19 Jan 1993
Capitol Air Express " Dec 1993
-wfu 30 Jun 1994
Sun Country Airlines N289SC 1 Sep 1994
-wfu 24 Feb 2002
LAB CP-2429 11 Dec 2002
Accident -w/o near Trinidad 1 Feb 2008
Avianca in Miami Mar 1985 - photo: Elliot Epstein - jetphotos.net
St Maarten 29 Jun 1997 - photo: Edward Pascuzzi - jetphotos.net
Lima Jan 2006 - photo: Manuel Temoche - SPIM Spotter - jetphotos.net
Miami 2003 or before - photo: Jay Selman - airlinersgallery.com - jetphotos.net
________ The accident _________
On 1 Feb 2008, CP-2429 had departed La Paz on a scheduled flight to the city of Cobija. Bad weather at the destination forced the crew to divert to Trinidad. Reports indicate that the crew carried out a forced landing in an Amazon jungle clearing just short of the airport, possibly as a result of fuel exhaustion. All 151 passengers and 8 crew members survived. -source: Aviation Safety Network.
According to other sources, the flight was being operated by LAB as a charter for TAM, Transportes Aereos Militares. As of 1 Apr 2007 LAB had ceased to exist as an airline and at the time of the accident only had two available aircraft (the other being CP-1366), for charter flights for TAM and AeroSur. TAM had chartered LAB aircraft to carry overflow passengers during a heavy Bolivian rainy season that had washed out many roads throughout the country. We don't know at what point the decision to divert to Trinidad was made, but by looking at the air mileage between these points we can see that a flight that was intended to cover only 380 miles (612 km), ended up as a maximum of 750 miles (1208 km), probably much less, depending on how close to Cobija they got before turning around. In any event they were on approach within 2-3 miles, (3-5 km) of the runway before losing power. According to one passenger, the time between loss of power, a call from the pilot for "crash positions!" and impact, was 2-3 seconds. I am very impressed by the skill of the pilots that enabled 159 people to walk away from that with only some minor injuries.
Noticias24 - 02 / feb / 2008 8:07 pm
Milagro en Bolivia: Cae un avión con 151 pasajeros y no muere nadie.
“Posición de impacto”, fue la orden que recibieron los pasajeros de la nave Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano (LAB) que ayer, a las 10.30, aterrizó de emergencia a cinco kilómetros de la ciudad de Trinidad, luego de que presumiblemente se quedara sin combustible. En el “panzazo” se quebraron las dos alas de la nave aérea y también los vidrios, pero nadie murió y sólo hubo 2 heridos leves.
Viscarra informó, según ABI, que la nave había sido alquilada por Transporte Aéreo Militar (TAM) para trasladar a pasajeros varados por el corte de rutas, en el marco de los vuelos solidarios habilitados por esa empresa. En el avión iban 151 pasajeros y cinco tripulantes.
Un informe preliminar de la Administración de Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares a la Navegación Aérea (AASANA) da cuenta de que la aeronave Boeing 727-200, con matrícula de control CP 2429, se dirigía de La Paz a Cobija (Pando). Sin embargo, tuvo que desviar su ruta hacia Trinidad (Beni) a causa de factores climáticos.
Viscarra explicó que luego de varios intentos fallidos de tocar tierra en el aeropuerto de Cobija por el mal estado del tiempo, su tripulación determinó dirigirse a la pista Jorge Henrich Arauz, en Trinidad.
Una vez en el espacio aéreo de la capital del Beni, continuó, el clima tampoco fue favorable para el aterrizaje y tras los reataques (intentos por descender) se fue quedando sin combustible, pues esa operación consume una considerable cantidad de carburante.
El senador Paulo Bravo (Podemos), quien se encontraba en el Boeing, explicó a la red Erbol que el avión voló sobre Trinidad en dos ocasiones y la tripulación anunció que iban a aterrizar en el aeropuerto de esa ciudad. Poco después, los pilotos comunicaron a las personas a bordo que debían ponerse en “posición de impacto”.
“El piloto dijo que no vamos a aterrizar en Cobija porque el tiempo está malo (…) También nos dijeron que en 30 minutos llegaríamos al aeropuerto de Trinidad, pero volábamos una hora y no llegábamos a esa ciudad”.
Ayudaron los soldados
El momento en que la aeronave se disponía a descender en un campo abierto, inundado por las lluvias, el avión fue avistado por soldados de la Escuela de Sargentos Reynaldo Zeballos, de Loma Suárez, que en ese momento se encontraban en su habitual revista.
Los militares, según el ciudadano trinitario Percy Lavayén, comentaron en el lugar del siniestro que se habían percatado de que los motores de la aeronave estaban apagados, pues volaba bajo sin emitir ruido alguno.
Luego de que el avión impactara, los uniformados se trasladaron al lugar para socorrer a los pasajeros. Los soldados ayudaron a sacar el equipaje y también evacuaron a la gente.
Radio Patujú informó que se desplazó un dispositivo de emergencia con la unidad de Bomberos y las ambulancias.
La misma emisora dijo que el coronel Ausberto López dio cuenta de que los dos heridos, un asistente de vuelo y un pasajero, estaban ya internados en el hospital de la Corporación del Seguro Social Militar (Cossmil).
El Hospital Germán Busch de la capital beniana atendió 80 pasajeros y el de Cossmil, a 76. Según ABI, la mayor parte de las personas atendidas presenta policontusiones en diferentes partes del cuerpo.
Luego de la revisión, las personas fueron transportadas a Cobija en una nave de Aerolíneas Sudamericanas.
Lavayén informó que con el impacto la aeronave perdió las dos alas. Además, los vidrios se quebraron, la parte delantera del avión está abollada, el centro también está partido y el tren de aterrizaje quedó fuera.
Con información de La Prensa (Bolivia)
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Foto: canberra / Scramble
Crash site near Trinidad - May 2009 - photo: canberra
Near Trinidad 13 Mar 2009 - photo: Michael Flebbe - air-britain -abpic.co
A few years later; a humid climate is tough on aircraft. So sad. Photo by Robert Domandl - airliners.net
I prefer to remember this image .
La Paz 2 Oct 2004 - photo: aero icarus
Rio de Janeiro 1 Feb 2005 - photo: BravoAlpha- jetphotos.net
727-287/Adv c/n 22606 l/n 1812
Boeing First flight 1 Sep 1982
Aerolineas Argentinas LV-OLR 23 Dec 1982
PAHC - Pacific Aviation Holding Co. N910PG 1 Apr 1996
Aero Peru OB-1647 Apr 1996 -wfu stored at Tucson, AZ 18 Mar 1999
Pegasus Aviation N910PG 29 Apr 1999
Transmeridian Airlines " 30 Dec 1999 - leased from Pegasus
LAB CP-2455 29 Oct 2004
- stored CBB by 26 May 2008
- permanently wfu at CBB
- still parked at CBB Jan 2015
Buenos Aires - Aeroparque - 27 Apr 1992 - photo: AlainDurand/Avimage - jetphotos.net
Miami 1996 - photo: Roberto Collazo - jetphotos.net
Orlando 1 Nov 2003 - photo: PrinceAir - jetphotos.net
La Paz 3 Aug 2006 - photo: Alex - Spot This! - jetphotos.net
Sao Paulo GRU 2 Jul 2005 - photo: Tsuyoshi Hayasaki - planepictures.net
727-23 Adv c/n 22463 l/n 1755
American Airlines N706AA 12 Jun 1981 -wfu 1 Sep 2001 - total flight time: 55,781 hrs. - total cycles: 28,792 Laker Airways Bahamas " 29 Nov 2001 - one source shows Patron Airways
-ceased operations Sep 2004
-stored Jacksonville,FL Oct 2004 - another shows Patron Airways-Congo LAB CP-2463 23 Feb 2005
- partnership with Ecuatoriana
Aviation Capital Group N706AA Apr 2007
- flown to Mexico, then returned to Bolivia (by AeroSur ?)
AeroSur CP-2498 Sep 2007
- known as "La Bellena" or "Splash" -wfu 12 Mar 2012 -permanently wfu at CBB - last noted Dec 2014
Incident - Feb 2010: AeroSur CP-2498 (formerly LAB CP-2463) flight 557 departed Santa Cruz VVI with 87 passengers and 10 crew, bound for Miami. One of three electrical generators was not functioning when the aircraft left VVI and apparently the crew was aware of that. Soon after takeoff, the other two generators malfunctioned leaving the plane without electrical power for some instruments and control of the environmental control system. The crew dumped fuel and landed safely in CBB. The flight crew was suspended as well as a VVI inspector. -- this information is according to aeronauticapy.com - Aeronautica Paraguay.
Miami 2 Feb 2001 - photo: Javier Rodriguez-Iberian Spotters - jetphotos.net
Cayman Islands 10 Sep 2004 - Evacuating Canadian nationals prior to Hurricane Ivan - photo: Gerard A.Mark-jetphotos.net
Miami 6 Feb 2009 - photo: Wade DeNero -planespotters.net
Santiago 15 Oct 2005 - photo: Alejandro Ruiz - airliners.net
727-223 c/n 22464 l/n 1758
History: Boeing Co. First flight: 2 Jun 1981 American Airlines N707AA 18 Jun 1981
-wfu 29 May 2001 -total flight time: 53,824 hrs. -total cycles: 27,599 Laker Airways Bahamas " 12 Oct 2001 -also listed as Patron Airways Dec 2001 Aviation Capital Group Corp. " 2004 LAB CP-2464 6 Jan 2005 -"City of ....." -lease ended 2007 -stored by ACGC 2008
AeroSur " May 2009
-ntu - permanently wfu stored at CBB Sep 2009 - still at CBB 2015
San Diego Oct 1985 - photo: Frank C. Duarte Jr. -airliners.net
Port of Spain Trinidad 20 Feb 2004 - photo: Dinesh Maharajh - airliners.net
Sao Paulo GRU 9 Jan 2005 - photo: Ander Aguirre - airliners.net
CBB 8 May 2008 - photo: Jonathan Olguin - aviacion boliviana.net
This aircraft arrived in Bolivia in Apr 2008 to become part of LAB but it never happened and it still sits there waiting it's destiny.
N685CA c/n 22492 l/n 1729
Built by Boeing Commercial Airplanes First flight 17 Mar 1981
Republic Airlines N721RC 26 Mar 1981
Northwest Airlines " 1 Oct 1986
Nevitt Capital Corp. " 18 Apr 1990
Northwest Airlines " 18 Apr 1990
Champion Air " 13 Dec 1999
Champion Air N685CA 3 Jan 2000
- withdrawn from use (wfu) 31 May 2008 ?
LAB registration not assigned - arr. in CBBA 25 Apr 2008
- not taken up. never flown (ntu)
- permanently wfu at CBBA
San Francisco Jul 1988 - photo: Frank Schaefer - airliners.net
Tulsa OK Jun 2006 - photo: Danny Fritsche - airliners.net
If you enjoy aviation, especially commercial aviation in South America in general or Bolivia in particular, you might want to look at the Facebook page: "Friends of Lloyd Aereo Boliviano"
Si le gusta la aviacion, especialmente de Sud America o Bolivia; tal vez le gustaria mirar a la pagina de Facebook: "Friends of Lloyd Aereo Boliviano"