Varig Flight 797

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This article is about Varig Flight 797 1987 incident. For the 1983 incident with the same flight number, see Air Canada Flight 797.
Varig Flight 797
PP-VJK, the aircraft involved in the accident, is seen here at Zürich Airport in 1982.
Accident summary
Date January 3, 1987 (1987-01-03)
Summary Engine failure
Site Near Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Passengers 39
Crew 12
Fatalities 50
Survivors 1
Aircraft type Boeing 707-320C
Operator Varig
Registration PP-VJK
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.[1]

When departing Abidjan the aircraft developed problems with its left (No. 1) engine.[1] While returning the aircraft crashed into the jungle 18 km from the airport.[2][3]

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,[4] had burns on less than 20 percent of his body.[2]


[citation needed]

Nationality Passengers Crew Total
 Brazil 10 12 22
 Israel 2 0 2
 Ivory Coast 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. ^ a b http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19870103-0
  2. ^ a b "Death of Briton Brings Toll To 50 in Abidjan Plane Crash." Associated Press. 7 January 1987. Retrieved on 31 January 2009.
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "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