Wednesday, August 24, 2005
TANS CRASH: The TANS plane was a Boeing 737-200 carrying 98 people, including six crew members, on a flight from Lima to Pucallpa. The aircraft was on loan from Safair, a South African company. (It is possibly this aircraft.)
A review of the days reporting on the crash is found below, following today’s other news.
Death in Texas, cont.: The McKinney Courier-Gazette (Danny Gallagher) and the Dallas Morning News reports that Edgar Vera was buried on Tuesday. “At the Moore Memorial Garden burial, Peruvian Consul Eduardo Rivoldi and Ambassador Eduardo Ferrero had a few words with Mr. Vera's wife, Lorena. … ‘The meeting was basically to ask that an exhaustive, objective and detailed investigation is carried out,’ said Mr. Ferrero, who also said it was his first time looking into a case about police force used on a Peruvian immigrant in the U.S.
Lourdes #1, Valentín #2, Alan #3: Angus Reid reviews the latest University of Lima poll and concludes that 21.9% of Peruvian voters named Lourdes Flores Nano and her Popular Christian Party (PPC) as theic choice in next year’s presidential race. Former head of state Valentín Paniagua of Popular Action (AP) is second with 16.8%, followed by former president Alan García of the American Revolutionary People’s Alliance (APRA) with 14.1%, and Alberto Andrade of We Are Peru (SP) with 9.6%. Others mentioned include Callao mayor Alex Kouri, Jaime Salinas of National Justice (JN), Martha Chávez of New Majority (NM), David Waisman of Possible Peru (PP), Yehude Simons of the Humanist Movement (MH), journalist Alfredo Barnechea, and Fernando Olivera of the Independent Moralizing Front (FIM).
LFN #1, AGP #2, VP #3: Dow Jones (Robert Kozak) reviewed on Datum International’s latest poll with slightly different numbers. Lourdes Flores leads voter intentions in this poll as well (“26% would vote for Flores”) but Garcia follows with 20%. “The poll also found that 36% said they would never vote for Garcia. … In third place in voter intention is former president Valentin Paniagua, with 19% support.” NOTE: “The poll found that Flores would defeat Garcia in a hypothetical second round run off vote, by a 53% to 26% difference.”
Peru/USA Trade: The Miami Today News reports that “forty-five Miami-Dade executives are headed for Peru, where it is expected that President Alejandro Toledo will endorse Miami as the preferred site for the secretariat of the Free Trade Area of the Americas. They were expected to join the business development mission to Lima headed by Gov. Jeb Bush and sponsored in part by Florida FTAA - which is working to bring the secretariat to Miami if the Western Hemisphere's 34 nations sign a free-trade agreement.” NOTE: An updated story in the Associated Press reports that as Tropical Storm Katrina nears Florida, Governor Jeb Bush has “canceled a business trip to Peru that was to begin Wednesday.” Separately, the Miami Herald offers a general report on Washington’s free trade negotiation talks with several countries around the Americas, including Peru. NOTE: “Peru is among Florida's top 20 trade partners and offers a wealth of international business opportunities for companies in a variety of industries throughout the Sunshine State," Gov. Bush said.” Florida has a $1.2 billion annual trade relationship with Peru.
Rumsfeld in Lima, cont: The Toldeo Blade runs an editorial by Dan Simpson, a retired diplomat, titled, “Rumsfeld, Rice foreign policy not rooted in reality” “Mr. Rumsfeld, 73, went to Paraguay and Peru and used the visits as a platform to warn Latin Americans against falling under the pernicious influence of leftists - old, ancient leftist Fidel Castro, 79, and new rich leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. 'Leftist' meant something entirely different back in Mr. Rumsfeld's younger days when the Soviet Union was still around as America's global rival.”
BHP Billiton: BNAmericas reports that “Anglo-Australian resources group BHP Billiton posted a record attributable profit of US$6.4bn, including exceptional items, for its fiscal year ended June 30, 2005, 89% higher than the previous year, and at the higher end of analyst forecasts of US$6.12bn-6.5bn.”
- 4theGame reports that Aston Villa manager David O'Leary has confirmed that he will appeal against Nolberto Solano's red card in Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Portsmouth.
- The Guardian lists on “The Premiership’s Foreign Legion” and includes Nolberto Solano as the only Peruvian.
- Reuters includes Luis Horna in the fixtures for the US Open Men’s Singles Round 1.
- The Arizona Daily Wildcat (a University newspaper) and the UA News Services report that “John S. Niederhauser, an internationally renowned scientist and University of Arizona adjunct professor of plant pathology since 1985, died Aug. 12. … He earned the nickname "Mr. Potato" for developing potato varieties resistant to late blight disease, and his work has affected agricultural production in more than 60 countries. … He helped start the International Potato Center in Lima, Peru, in 1971.” Oddly, the Arizona Daily Wildcat also offers a separate column on “Things you've always never wanted to know” and suggests, “There are five times as many rats in Lima, Peru, as there are people.”
- The Evening Telegraph reports on The Amazon Hope 2 “has undergone a remarkable transformation over the past year to become a facility capable of providing vital medical services to some 100,000 people living in remote communities in the Peruvian Amazon. The vessel — re-commissioned by the Princess Royal last month — now houses an operating theatre, state-of-the-art dental surgery and a pharmacy.”
Other: Agência Brasil (Thaís Brianezi ) reports that “Brazil assists Peru in combating malaria” among indigenous populations.
Photo and Video:
- A slide show with almost 100 photographs of the crash and victims
- Photo gallery (CNN)
- CNN Video: Passenger Jose Vivas recounts the crash
- “Two missing after Amazon plane crash” (Agence France Press)
- “Peruvian jetliner crashes in jungle, killing 41” (earlier Agence France Press)
- “Authorities Lower Number Of Deaths In Peru Plane Crash” (Associated Press) Police earlier had confirmed 41 deaths. Authorities in Peru now say at least 31 people were killed in Tuesday's plane crash and ten are missing.”
- “Dozens walk away from Peru jet crash” (The Associated Press, Monte Hayes; this is an later AP story than the one above.) Victor Girao, a civil aviation expert, said pilot error might have caused the crash. “They were coming in very low, looking for the airstrip. A big beginners' error," Girao said. ALSO: “Among the dead were at least three foreigners - an American woman, an Italian man and a Colombian woman, Police Lt. David Mori told AP. Many bodies could not immediately be identified.”
- “Peruvian Plane Crash Kills 37, Higher Toll Likely, AFP Says” (Bloomberg, Greg Ahlstrand in Hong Kong)
- “Peru crash site search continues” (The BBC; the Beeb also offers six photographs)
- “Eyewitness: Peru plane crash” (The BBC) Says passenger Tomas Ruiz, “It seems it was a matter of the weather. Ten minutes before we were to land in Pucallpa, the plane began to shake a lot.” Also passengers William Zea and Yuri Salas.
- “Peru Rescue Workers Recover 31 Bodies From Crash - Update1” (Bloomberg)
- “Peru Rescue Workers Recover 31 Bodies at Plane Crash - Update2” (Bloomberg, Alex Emery) “A Tans Fokker F-28 crashed near the northern jungle city of Chachapoyas in January 2003, killing 46. The crash leaves Tans with two Boeing 737-200 aircraft to run flights to six cities, according to the airline's Web site.”
- “Survivor: No warning before crash” (CNN) This story is pegged on Jose Vivas, “an American resident, survived Tuesday's plane crash along with his three daughters, his brother and sister-in-law.” NOTE: “The Vivas family was heading to Pucallpa to celebrate the birthday of Jose Vivas' 15-year-old daughter with his parents, who live in the town.”
- “TANS Peru flight crashed killing 41” (EiTB, Spain)
- “Air Tragedy in Peru” (Hellenic Radio, Tina Valaoura, Greece)
- “Peru jet crashes in jungle” (MercoPress) “He added that the aircraft was built in 1983 and TANS recently rented it from a South African company. He declined to give a death toll.” ALSO: “In January 2003, a TANS twin engine Fokker 28 turbojet, plowed into a 11,550-foot high mountain in Peru's northern jungle, killing all 42 passengers — including eight children — and four crew members aboard.”
- “Rescue Works Continue Search for Survivors in Peru Plane Crash” (Prensa Latina, Cuba)
- “Peru pulls bodies from swamp as jet crash kills 41” (Reuters, Mariana Bazo) Cited: Pucallpa's police chief Ariosto Obregon and police officer Johnny Luna
- “Peru searches for bodies after jet crash kills 41 – update” (Reuters, Robin Emmott) “Updates with details of search, number of survivors, status of Colombian, Australian passengers.”
- “Plane Crashes in Jungle” (Sky News)
- “Baby survives Peru crash, mother dies” (TVNZ, New Zeeland) “Rescuers found one-year-old Juan Carlos Rengifo crying in the arms of his mother, who was killed when the plane of the Peruvian government airline TANS crashed in a swamp 800 kilometres north of the capital of Lima.”
- “At Least 40 Dead in Peru Plane Crash” (Voice of America)
- “Peruvian presidential plane put at disposal of victims” (Xinhua News Agency) “First Lady Elianne Karp arrived in Pucallpa aboard the plane after visiting Cuzco and said she was going to assess the needs inthe zone”
- The Vatican also offered a statement of condolences (see here for a rough English translation).
First Story in Times: “80 die as plane crashes in jungle amid fierce storm” (Times of London, Chris Johnson)
Second Story in Times: “52 survivors from Peru jungle air crash” (The Times of London, Simon Freeman)
Print edition: The Times of London included an Agence France Press story in their World in Brief column
- Business Insurance reports that “XL London Market Ltd.'s syndicate 1209 leads the hull and liability coverage for the Transportes Aéreos Nacionales de Selva [TANS] Boeing 737-200 jet that crashed during an emergency landing in Peru Tuesday,” according to market sources.NOTE: “Sources said the aircraft was valued at $3.5 million and was built in 1981.”
- “Airline: Wind shear may have doomed Peru jet” (CNN) “Jeffrey Young of Fayetteville, Georgia, told CNN his wife, Sherra, and his son-in-law, Steve Lotti, were on the flight and he was trying to find out if they were among the survivors.”
- “Experts conjecture about cause of air crash in Peru” (Xinhua News Agency)
- “France calls for bans on certain commercial flights” (Xinhua News Agency) “French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy called on Wednesday for a ban on a certain number of commercial flights and for blacklist to be established in the wakeof a Peru jet crash on Tuesday.”
LOOKING FOR PAISANOS:
- “Diplomat hunts Peru plane crash Aussie” (Seven News, Australia) “Authorities are still trying to find out if an Australian was aboard a passenger plane that crashed during a severe storm in Peru's north-eastern jungle.
- “California Couple Survives Peru Airline Crash” (NBC4) Monica Glenn and her husband, William Gerald Zea-Palacios. “Glenn, who teaches English in Peru, was married on Saturday in Ariquipa, Peru. The wedding was attended by family and friends from Irvine.”
- “Irvine woman survives air crash” (The Orange County Register, John McDonald)
- “Peru, Italian Ambassador: Concern for Missing Italian” (Agenzia Giornalistica Italia) “Three Italians were injured, and are currently hospitalised in Pucallpa, while we still have no news of the fourth one (formally still missing), and we are concerned about this” said the Italian ambassador in Lima, Sergio Busetto, interviewed over the phone by RAI International. The 3 injured Italians are Ombretta Anzoni, aged 50 from Brescia; Simone Simonini, 37 and his girlfriend, Letizia Onorati, 35, from Leghorn. The missing one is Walter Panni, husband of Ms. Anzoni.”
- “Spaniard amongst the dead in plane crash” (Fuerte Ventura News) “Eva María Gonzalo Torrellas was travelling on the plane with 100 passengers and crew when it crashed in the Amazon Jungle in Peru.”
- “Foreigners identified among crash victims in Peru” (Xinhua News Agency)
- “Peruvian authorities investigate Amazon plane crash” (updated Agence France Press) “Three of the foreigners, Liliana Narvaez of Colombia, Eva Maria Gonzalo of Spain and Walter Panni of Italy, were killed, officials said. A family of six Americans, three other Italians and an Australian survived. ‘It's a miracle. My whole family is all right,’ Vilma Vivas told Radio Programas del Peru (RPP) in Lima. Her husband, three daughters, brother and sister-in-law -- all Peruvian-born US citizens -- survived the crash.”
- “Recent air crashes lack common thread, experts say” (Reuters, Christian Plumb) “All three of the [August 2005] accidents in which there were fatalities involved Boeing Co. aircraft but the planes were of very different ages, spanning from the early 1980s to the late 1990s. Two of them involved 737s, the best-selling commercial jet ever and considered one of the safest planes in the air.”