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Plane Crash in Peru Kills All 123 Aboard; Cause Is Unknown

March 01, 1996| Associated Press

LIMA, Peru — A Faucett Airlines jet with 117 passengers and six crew members aboard crashed Thursday en route to the southern Peruvian city of Arequipa. Airport officials said there were no survivors.

One airport official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said seven Chileans were the only foreigners on board the Peruvian jetliner.

The plane, a Boeing 737, was found five miles from Arequipa, 465 miles southeast of Lima, the capital, in the Andes Mountains.

The crew of an Aeroperu commercial flight spotted the plane in flames in the air, the official said. No other details were available.

Flight 251 left Lima at 7:10 p.m. and was due in Arequipa at 8:20 p.m., Faucett spokesman Jorge Dacuna said. He said the pilot reported to the airport tower five minutes before the plane was due to land.

"Everything was normal," he said.

Dacuna said the area where the plane crashed is remote, and that rescue crews were on their way.

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