Accident description
Last updated: 20 April 2014
Status:
Date:Friday 3 September 1976
Time:ca 21:45
Type:Lockheed C-130H Hercules
Operator:Fuerza Aérea Venezolana - FAV
Registration: 7772
C/n / msn: 4408
First flight: 1971
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 60 / Occupants: 60
Total:Fatalities: 68 / Occupants: 68
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Terceira-Lajes Airport, Azores (TER) (   Portugal) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Bermuda International Airport (BDA/TXKF), Bermuda
Destination airport:Terceira-Lajes Airport, Azores (TER/LPLA), Portugal
Narrative:
Crashed into a hill just short of the runway in heavy rain, associated with hurricane Emmy. The aircraft was not properly lined up with the runway as it made its approach. The Hercules transported members of the Venezuelan choir Orfeón Universitario to Barcelona, Spain.

Sources:
» El Universal


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Distance from Bermuda International Airport to Terceira-Lajes Airport, Azores as the crow flies is 3426 km (2141 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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