Landing gear collapse as Peruvian Boeing 737 lands at La Paz El-Alto


La Paz - On November 22, the landing gear of a Boeing 737-500 from Peruvian collapsed upon the landing at El-Alto airport in the Bolivian capital La Paz. There were 122 passengers and five crew members on board, no injuries reported.

Peruvian said that the plane fell through the main landing gear during the landing and stopped on the hull. Only the nose wheel stood still. The damage is huge.

The cause of the incident is under investigation. Further research must show how that could have happened. The aircraft had departed from Cuzco, Peru yesterday.

The incident prompted a 10-hour closure at El-Alto airport. The inbound traffic was diverted to other airports.

The Boeing 737-500 of Peruvian registered OB-2041 was in service since 1990 respectively with AOM, Air France, LOT Polish Airlines and with Peruvian since 2013.