Varig Flight 797

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Varig Flight 797
Varig Boeing 707-320C PP-VJK ZRH Sep 1982.png
PP-VJK, the aircraft involved in the accident, is seen here at Zürich Airport in 1982.
Accident summary
Date 3 January 1987
Summary Engine failure
Site Near Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Passengers 39
Crew 12
Fatalities 50
Survivors 1 (initially 2, one passenger died four days later)
Aircraft type Boeing 707-320C
Operator Varig
Registration PP-VJK[1]
Flight origin Port Bouet Airport
Destination Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport

Varig Flight 797 was a flight from Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On 3 January 1987 the Boeing 707-320C used for the route crashed on the terrain, killing all 12 crew members and 38 of 39 passengers.[2]

When departing Abidjan the aircraft developed problems with its left (No. 1) engine.[2] While returning the aircraft crashed into the jungle 18 km from the airport.[3][4] The crash site was a rubber plantation.[5]

Four days after the disaster, Ahmad Wansa, a British citizen who was injured in the crash, died on board a Swiss aircraft while arriving in Paris; he was going to be transferred to a burn unit in a Paris suburb. The sole remaining survivor, identified as Ivory Coast University Prof. Neuba Yessoh,[6] had burns on less than 20 percent of his body.[3]


[citation needed]

Nationality Passengers Crew Total
 Brazil 10 12 22
 Israel 2 0 2
 Côte d'Ivoire 13 0 13
 Lebanon 3 0 3
 France 2 0 2
 West Germany 2 0 2
 Senegal 2 0 2
 United States 1 0 1
 United Kingdom 1 0 1
 Peru 1 0 1
 Chile 1 0 1
 Cameroon 1 0 1
Total 39 12 51

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Registro Aeronáutico Brasileiro". Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil. 
  2. ^ a b http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19870103-0
  3. ^ a b "Death of Briton Brings Toll To 50 in Abidjan Plane Crash." Associated Press. 7 January 1987. Retrieved on 31 January 2009.
  4. ^ Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "Na escuridão da noite africana". 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. 345–351. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2. 
  5. ^ "Jetliner Crashes in W. Africa; 49 Killed, 2 Survive." Los Angeles Times. January 4, 1987. Retrieved on August 7, 2014.
  6. ^ "Varig 707 in Ivory Coast Crash Said to Have Had Earlier Troubles." Washington Post. 6 January 1987. Retrieved on 13 February 2009.

External links[edit]

External images
Photos of PP-VJK at Airliners.net