Varig Flight 797
PP-VJK, the aircraft involved in the accident, is seen here at Zürich Airport in 1982.
|Date||3 January 1987|
|Site||Near Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire|
|Survivors||1 (initially 2, one passenger died four days later)|
|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.
When departing Abidjan the aircraft developed problems with its left (No. 1) engine. While returning the aircraft crashed into the jungle 18 km from the airport. The crash site was a rubber plantation.
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. Yessoh died of heart attack on 4 March 2015 at the age of 72.
Nationalities of the persons on board are as follows:
- "Registro Aeronáutico Brasileiro". Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil.
- "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.
- "Jetliner Crashes in W. Africa; 49 Killed, 2 Survive." Los Angeles Times. January 4, 1987. Retrieved on August 7, 2014.
- "Varig 707 in Ivory Coast Crash Said to Have Had Earlier Troubles." Washington Post. 6 January 1987. Retrieved on 13 February 2009.
- "Deuil: Neuba Yessoh, le seul rescapé du crash d’avion à Alépé en 1987, inhumé." Fratmat.info 13 April 2015
|Photos of PP-VJK at Airliners.net|