Date: August 31st, 1999
Operator: Lineas Aereas Privadas Argentinas
Where: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Report No.: -
Report Date: -
This is not an accident investigation report
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (CNN) -- An Argentine jetliner with nearly
100 people on board crashed during takeoff from Buenos Aires'
domestic airport late Tuesday and burst into flames.
Flight 3142 was scheduled to departure at 20.36h for a 1h15min flight to
Córdoba. Before take-off the crew experienced problems with the no.1
engine. Three engineers tried to fix the problem and, after losing 4
positions for take off, the aircraft took off at 20.55h. When the plane
started to climb at about 250km/h at a height of about 2 feet over the
runway, the left (no.1) engine caught fire, the plane then settled back on
the runway. It overran the runway and started, crossed the airport
boundary and crossed Costanera Avenue. Some eight cars were hit as the
Boeing 737 crossing the avenue. After crossing the avenue it struck a
contruction area at the "Costa Salguero Convetion Center & Golf"
There were conflicting reports on casualties. Some local authorities said
at least 80 people were killed. However, two local hospitals
reported at least 24 people had survived and were being treated
for injuries. Some survivors were reported severely burned.
Television images showed fire crews spraying water on burning
twisted wreckage. Bodies were seen littering the crash site.
The plane, a Boeing 737 operated by LAPA, Lineas Aereas Privadas
Argentinas, overshot the runway of Jorge Newberry airport, skidded
across a service road and slammed into a golf driving range just
outside the airport.
Local media reported the plane that Flight
3142 was trying to take off on a flight to the Argentine city of
Cordoba at 9 p.m. local time (0000 GMT). "It (the plane) went past
the length of the runway. There is a vehicle that was hit," said an
Air Force spokesman at the scene.
Police cordoned off the site as
firefighters poured streams of water on the wreckage. Ambulances
took away victims, sirens blaring in the night amid the confusion
of the scene. The airline had no immediate comment. Police blocked
routes all around the airport, creating huge traffic jams along key