2016-03-20 Peruvian Boeing 737-500 off runway at Cuzco

2016-03-20 Peruvian Boeing 737-500 off runway at Cuzco

2016-03-20 Peruvian Boeing 737-500 off runway at Cuzco


The 737 overran the end of the runway during a take-off abort at Cuzco, Peru. All 120 on board remained unhurt.

Peruvian Airlines Flight 218 to Lima gained speed on take-off runway 10 at Cuzco Airport.

At a point when about half the runway was passed, a tire of the right maingear burst prompting the pilots to reject the take-off.

Despite braking, the pilots were unable to stop the aircraft before the end of the runway. To avoid hitting the approach lighting system, the pilot steered to the left of the runway until it came to rest about 80 meters further on soft ground close to a steep embankment seperating a public road from the airport perimeter.

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The crew initiated an emergency evacuation via slides. All occupants remained unscathed. Damage to the aircraft is within repairable limits as the undercarriage withstand.

The only runway 10 / 28 at Cuzco is 3400 meters (11155 feet) in lengh.

NOTE: Peruvian Airlines suffered another serious incident at Cuzco on 2015-10-23 when the right maingear collapsed on landing with aircraft 737-300 OB-2040-P. 

Date: 2016-03-20 Time: –
Location: SPZO CUZ Cuzco
Country: Peru
Flight phase: TOF – Take-off, Rejected Take-off
Damage to a/c: minor

Flight no.: P9 218
From: SPZO/CUZ: Cuzco To: SPIM/LIM: Lima-Callao
Type: Passenger
Operator: Peruvian Airlines

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Aircraft Involved

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Type: Boeing 737-500
Registration: OB-2041-P
Age a/c: 25.7 years
Constr. No.: 24825
Previous operators: 1990 Air France, 1998 AOM, 2000 LOT, 2004 Cirrus Airlines, 2009 Sky Express, 2013 Peruvian Airlines

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 0 120
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries  0 0 0 0

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 2nd safety occurence for the operator
  • 66th safety occurence of type (B737-500)
  • 6th Safety occurence at Cuzco Airport, Peru
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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