Accident description
Last updated: 16 September 2014
Status:
Date:Friday 24 December 1971
Time:12:36
Type:Lockheed L-188A Electra
Operator:Lineas Aéreas Nacionales S.A. - LANSA
Registration: OB-R-941
C/n / msn: 1086
First flight: 1959
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 85 / Occupants: 86
Total:Fatalities: 91 / Occupants: 92
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Puerto Inca (   Peru) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Lima-Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM/SPIM), Peru
Destination airport:Pucallpa Airport (PCL/SPCL), Peru
Flightnumber: 508
Narrative:
About forty minutes after take-off, the aircraft entered a zone of strong turbulence and lightning. After flying for twenty minutes in this weather at FL210 lightning struck the aircraft, causing fire on the right wing which separated, along with part of the left wing. The aircraft crashed in flames into mountainous terrain. Structural failure occurred because of the loads imposed on the aircraft flying through a severe thunderstorm, but also because of stresses resulting from the maneuver to level out the aircraft.

A 17-year-old German Peruvian, Juliane Koepcke, survived the accident. Despite sustaining a broken collar bone, a deep gash to her right arm, a concussion and an eye injury in the fall, she was able to trek through the dense Amazon jungle for 10 days, until she was rescued by local lumbermen.


Classification:
Lightningstrike
Wing failure
Loss of control

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Distance from Lima-Jorge Chavez International Airport to Pucallpa Airport as the crow flies is 489 km (306 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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