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> Nazca Lines Flight Accident - 5 deaths
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post Apr 11 2008, 09:07 PM
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For anyone going to Nazca Lines and planning to fly with any of the many flight tourist companies, please check their flight record and maintainance.

Yesterday a plane from Aero Ica crashed after 2 minutes flight due to technical problems and touching and electricity post. 5 French tourists died and the pilot is serious.

Apparently all licenses were in order, but news coming out now points at lack of strict controls from inspection authorities and buildings appearing illegally close to the flight paths.

There were 2 previous incidents in March and December without such dramatic results.

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post Apr 11 2008, 10:58 PM
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I have flown the Nazca Lines, which is an unforgettable experience. Regrettably the aircraft used seem pretty ancient and held together with string. Ours seemed to be a veteran from the Great War. As you don't fly too high, it doesn't seem so perilous, nevertheless hitting an electric pylon is another matter. Use your gut to judge the aircraft you will be flying in. Government regulations mean little. Having said this, it is an experience that should not be missed.


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post Apr 14 2008, 09:24 AM
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Oh my goodness, train tracks stolen in Bolivia, airplanes falling apart in Peru! This is all so shocking to me! Is South America always like this?


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post Apr 14 2008, 03:22 PM
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It really makes travel unique. Add to this buses falling into precipices in Ecuador, so if you need some emotion in your life, come to South America.


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post Apr 14 2008, 06:50 PM
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Hey...we still have to travel to Ecuador! crying_anim02.gif

More information is coming out of the Nazca incident and main problems are:

- 1 inspector for all 38 planes and very little time to do checks

- an inspector tried to denounce an airline company last year for using car fuel instead of jet fuel and he was reprimanded by his bosses

- 80% of the airplanes are over 20 years old
- only 9% are from 2000 and onwards

Local press stated only Aero Condor has new and safe yets. They are probably the expensive ones.


If you want worse news from Peru: a 70 year old German tourist was shot dead after going to an ATM in Surco (Lima). Link to local news: http://www.rpp.com.pe/detalle_121022.html

But even so, Peru is still magical. Sh*t happens everywhere.

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post Apr 15 2008, 08:08 AM
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Wow, that's pretty crazy, those are major problems though. I don't think anybody would try to put car fuel into airplanes in North America...


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post Apr 15 2008, 12:09 PM
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Though we obviously don't have such serious problems here, just look at the news to see how many planes here in the US have been grounded due to insufficient inspection by the FAA. We also have lots of crime here. This reminds me of Miami a few years back when tourists lost their way to Miami Beach and were attacked and robbed and even killed. Tourists are good targets, as generally, if they live, they don't come back to testify in court, and the thieves get off scott free.

Again, this is no reason to miss South America. You just have to be wide awake and know what is going on around you. 99% of visitors have no problems at all with crime or aircraft tied up with string.


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post Apr 15 2008, 06:49 PM
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Agreed. But out of 99% of travellers we have seen, about 50% are not awake or anything similar.

Such easy targets. Thats what worries us.

I bet most people flying at Nazca this week dont even know about the accident or the crime in certain areas of Lima.

The added risk is part of the travelling in certain countries. It even adds enjoyment (when you dont suffer!)
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post Apr 16 2008, 08:33 AM
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Haha, yeah risk taking is the spice of life!

Or...is that variety...


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post Apr 17 2008, 09:55 AM
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I just found this article about the flight inspections, it made me think of this topic:
http://www.usatoday.com/travel/flights/200...es_N.htm?csp=34


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post Apr 17 2008, 04:42 PM
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That's the difference between Peru and North America. Here they ground them before they fall out of the sky!


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post Apr 18 2008, 09:07 AM
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Yeah but I just hope that every plane that isn't inspected is grounded!


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