Date: October 02, 1996
Time: 0116
Location: Off Pasamayo, Peru
Operator: Aeroperu
Flight #: 603
Route: Lima - Santiago
AC Type: Boeing B-757-200
Registration: N52AW
cn / ln: 25489/505
Aboard: 70   (passengers:61  crew:9)
Fatalities: 70   (passengers:61  crew:9)
Ground: 0
Summary: The aircraft crashed into the ocean 28 minutes after taking off from Lima, Peru. Pieces of adhesive tape were found covering the static ports, placed there by personnel during aircraft maintenance and cleaning, causing the malfunction of the airspeed indicators and altimeters. The crew was not able to correctly determine their altitude and airspeed and with no ground reference over water and at night, crashed into the sea. An employee did not remove the adhesive tape from the static ports, nor was it detected by any number of people, including the captain, during the preflight inspection. A maintenance worker was tried and convicted of negligent homicide for failing to remove the adhesive tape and received 2 years in jail.

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