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Peruvian 737-500 damaged in La Paz gear collapse

One of Latin American carrier Peruvian’s Boeing 737-500s has suffered a landing accident at the Bolivian capital La Paz.

The aircraft’s landing-gear collapsed following a service to El Alto airport.

NOTAM information for 22 November states that runway 10/28 was closed, owing to an “obstruction” involving an aircraft.

Airport operator SABSA says that this closure was undertaken in accordance with standards and international protocols.

The carrier has identified the aircraft involved as OB-2041-P, which Flight Fleets Analyzer lists as a 28-year old airframe originally delivered to Air France but also used by operators including LOT.

Peruvian, which introduced the twinjet in 2013, says the reason for the undercarriage collapse, which left the jet resting on its fuselage underside, is “under investigation”.

It states that none of the 120 passengers and crew members has been injured. The airline is intending to send another aircraft on 23 November to transport affected passengers.

Peruvian says it “regrets the incident” and stresses that it is committed to following regulations governing commercial airline safety.

Meteorological data for the airport indicates good weather and visibility at the time of the accident.

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