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Duct tape blamed in Peruvian plane crash

November 5, 1996
Web posted at: 2:30 p.m. EST (1930 GMT)

(CNN) -- Investigators have identified duct tape as a major factor in the crash of a Peruvian 757 jetliner into the Pacific Ocean last month after takeoff from Lima, Peru, aviation sources said. All 70 people on board the Aeroperu Boeing 757 were killed.

Workers placed the tape over crucial sensors while they were cleaning and polishing the plane's exterior. They apparently forgot to remove it.

With the sensors covered, the pilot could not accurately determine key navigational data such as air speed and altitude. The pilots of the plane radioed back to Lima minutes after takeoff that their instruments had failed.


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