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Last updated: 24 October 2021
Date:mardi 1 janvier 1985
Heure:ca 20:30
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-225
Compagnie:Eastern Air Lines
Immatriculation: N819EA
Numéro de série: 22556/1793
Année de Fabrication: 1982-03-12 (2 years 10 months)
Moteurs: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17AR
Equipage:victimes: 10 / à bord: 10
Passagers:victimes: 19 / à bord: 19
Total:victimes: 29 / à bord: 29
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Nevado Illimani (   Bolivie)
Élévation des lieux de l'accident: 5974 m (19600 feet) amsl
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:Asunción-Silvio Pettirossi International Airport (ASU/SGAS), Paraguay
Aéroport de destination:La Paz-El Alto Airport (LPB/SLLP), Bolivie
Numéro de vol:EA980
Eastern flight 980 was a scheduled flight from Ascuncion (ASU), Paraguay to La Paz (LPB), Bolivia.
The aircraft had reported crossing the DAKON intersection, 55 NM southeast of La Paz, at 25,000 ft. MSL. They were then cleared by La Paz ATC to descend to 18,000 feet, and the crew acknowledged this clearance. Although the Boeing 727 was supposed to be approaching La Paz along airway UA 320, on a 134° radial from the La Paz VOR, it veered significantly off course beyond DAKON; perhaps because the crew were maneuvering to avoid weather in the vicinity. The aircraft impacted the 19,600-ft. level of Mt. Illimani, a 21,000-ft. Andean peak, approximately 26 NM from the La Paz VOR/DME and 25 NM from La Paz runway 09R. Dark night, weather, and lack of visual references in the area all contributed to the crew’s inability to see and avoid the high terrain in their path.

A climbing expedition was organized the following summer to retrieve the flight recorders. The expedition reached the crash site and was able to dig through accumulated snow and examine the wreckage. However, bad weather and altitude sickness forced the expedition to turn back without recovering the recorders.
Early June 2016 an expedition found parts of the aircraft's cockpit voice recorder and possibly flight data recorder as well.

» Investigation of Controlled Flight into Terrain : Descriptions of Flight Paths for Selected Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT) Aircraft Accidents, 1985-1997 / Robert O. Phillips, U.S. DoT (DOT-TSC-FA9D1-99-01)
» Jet-Airliner Unfälle seit 1952 / J. Richter, Chr. Wolf
» Operation Thonapa


photo of Boeing-727-225-N819EA
photo of Boeing-727-225-N819EA
accident date: 01-01-1985
type: Boeing 727-225
registration: N819EA

Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Asunción-Silvio Pettirossi International Airport et La Paz-El Alto Airport est de 1467 km (917 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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