Varig Airlines Flight 837

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Varig Airlines Flight 837
Varig Douglas DC-8-33 Volpati-1.jpg
A Varig Douglas DC-8-33, similar to the accident aircraft
Accident summary
Date 5 March 1967 (1967-03-05)
Summary Pilot error
Site Monrovia, Liberia
6°12′25″N 10°22′44″W / 6.207°N 10.37897°W / 6.207; -10.37897Coordinates: 6°12′25″N 10°22′44″W / 6.207°N 10.37897°W / 6.207; -10.37897
Passengers 71
Crew 19
Fatalities 56 (5 ground fatalities)
Survivors 39
Aircraft type Douglas DC-8-33
Operator Varig
Registration PP-PEA
Flight origin Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (IATA code: FCO, ICAO code: LIRF), Rome, Italy
Stopover Roberts International Airport (IATA code: ROB, ICAO code: GLRB), Monrovia, Liberia
Destination Galeão International Airport (IATA code: GIG, ICAO code: SBGL), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Varig Airlines Flight 837 was a flight from Fiumicino Airport, Rome, Italy to Roberts International Airport, Monrovia, Liberia. On 5 March 1967, due to pilot error, the flight crashed during approach to Runway 04 of Roberts International Airport.[1] Of the 71 passengers and 19 crew on board, 50 passengers and the flight engineer perished. In addition, 5 people on the ground were also killed. The aircraft caught fire and was written off. This is the worst aviation accident in Liberia to this day.[2][3]

Investigators determined the probable cause of the crash to be "The failure of the pilot-in-command to arrest in time the fast descent at a low altitude upon which he had erroneously decided, instead of executing a missed approach when he found himself too high over the locator beacon."[4]


  1. ^ GI survives plane crash fatal to 56
  2. ^ "Liberia accident history at Aviation Safety Network". Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "Armadilha na aproximação". O rastro da bruxa: história da aviação comercial brasileira no século XX através dos seus acidentes 1928–1996 (in Portuguese) (2 ed.). Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS. pp. 249–255. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2. 
  4. ^ "Accident description at Aviation Safety Network". Retrieved 14 January 2010. 

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