Varig Flight 797
PP-VJK, the aircraft involved in the accident, is seen here at Zürich Airport in 1982.
|Date||January 3, 1987|
|Site||Near Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire|
|Aircraft type||Boeing 707-320C|
|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.
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, had burns on less than 20 percent of his body.
- "Death of Briton Brings Toll To 50 in Abidjan Plane Crash." Associated Press. 7 January 1987. Retrieved on 31 January 2009.
- 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.
- "Varig 707 in Ivory Coast Crash Said to Have Had Earlier Troubles." Washington Post. 6 January 1987. Retrieved on 13 February 2009.
|Photos of PP-VJK at Airliners.net|
- Aircraft details at Aviation Safety Network
- "Jetliner Crashes in W. Africa; 49 Killed, 2 Survive." Los Angeles Times. January 4, 1987.