LAB Boeing 727-2K3 Adv CP-1276

The Boeing aircraft 727-2K3 Adv; construction number 21082, line number 1124 rolled off the assembly line in March 1975 and was given the registration number N48054. First flight for the tri-jet took place on 2 April 1975. The aircraft was purchased directly from Boeing by Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano and joined the LAB fleet on 8 Oct 1975 with the Bolivian registration CP-1276.

During its 32 year career with Lloyd, "1276" traveled many thousands of miles in safety and experienced but one accident with one fatality, in 1985.

           Terrorist Incident:  On 23 Jan 1985 during a flight from La Paz to Santa Cruz on CP-1276, a passenger went into the forward lavatory carrying a suitcase containing an explosive. An explosion occurred killing the passenger as the aircraft was 55 km. (about 34 miles) from its destination. The plane was able to make a safe landing in Santa Cruz with the other 119 passengers and crew of seven, after what must have been a terrifying experience.  CP-1276 had suffered substantial  damage but was repaired and returned to service.  

            - Aviation Safety Network

Fecha: miércoles 23 enero 1985
Boeing 727-2K3
Operador: Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano - LAB
Registración: CP-1276
Numéro de série: 21082/1124
Año de Construcción: 1975-04-02 (9 years 10 months)
Motores: Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17
Tripulación: Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 7
Pasajeros: Fatalidades: 1 / Ocupantes: 120
Total: Fatalidades: 1 / Ocupantes: 127
Daños en la Aeronave: Considerable
Consecuencias: Repaired
Ubicación: 55 km (34.4 millas) de Santa Cruz (   Bolivia)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza: Vuelo Doméstico Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida: La Paz-El Alto Airport (LPB/SLLP), Bolivia
Aeropuerto de Llegada: Santa Cruz-Viru Viru International Airport (VVI/SLVR), Bolivia

While descending through FL100 a passenger went into the forward lavatory carrying dynamite in a briefcase. The dynamite exploded, killing the passenger. The aircraft made a safe landing at Santa Cruz.


           Government seizure: CP-1276 was one of six LAB aircraft "seized" by the federal government for a debt of $69.8 million owed by the company. Another source states a debt of $593 million. The other aircraft involved were: CP-861, 1223, 1366, 1367 and 2455.

            Personal: I flew on CP-1276 five times, including one flight in 1988 from Santa Cruz to Panama and then to Miami. In 1997 it took me and part of my family to Santiago, Chile, then two weeks later brought us back to Santa Cruz via Iquique. The friendly pilot allowed my sons and I to take turns sitting in the cockpit as we approached the lights of Santa Cruz by night - spectacular !