Narrative:VIASA flight 742 was a scheduled service from Caracas (CCS) to Miami (MIA) via Maracaibo (MAR). Prior to departure from Maracaibo, the crew performed the calculations necessary for the takeoff configuration. Faulty temperature sensors along the runway caused the crew to end up with wrong performance data for the planned takeoff. The takeoff roll was longer than planned and the airplane barely climbed, striking powerlines at an approximate height of 150 ft (50m) above the ground, then plunged into the La Trinidad section of the city.
|Date:||Sunday 16 March 1969|
|Type:||McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32|
|C/n / msn:|| 47243/448|
|First flight:|| 1969|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 74 / Occupants: 74|
|Total:||Fatalities: 84 / Occupants: 84 |
|Ground casualties:||Fatalities: 71|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Phase:|| Initial climb (ICL)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Maracaibo-Grano de Oro Airport, Venezuela|
|Destination airport:||Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America|
» Aviation Disasters / D. Gero (p. 88)
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Maracaibo-Grano de Oro Airport to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 1901 km (1188 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.