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Last updated: 26 March 2019
Date:Tuesday 30 January 1979
Time:ca 21:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-323C
Registration: PP-VLU
C/n / msn: 19235/519
First flight: 1966
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:c 200km ENE off Tokyo, Japan (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Tokyo-Narita Airport (NRT/RJAA), Japan
Destination airport:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America
Flightnumber: 967
Varig flight 967 wen missing on the first leg of a cargo flight from Tokyo, Japan to Rio de Janeiro-Galećo International Airport, Brazil. Intermediate stops were planned at Los Angeles, USA and Lima, Peru.
The aircraft, carrying 153 paintings worth USD 1.24 mln., took off from Tokyo at 20:23 hours local time. Last contact with the flight was at 20:45 hours. The flight was then expected to have contacted ATC at 21:23, but no contact was established.

One of the flight crew members had survived an accident involving a Varig Boeing 707 at Paris, France on July 11, 1973. Just eleven of the 134 occupants survived that accident.


» Aviation Letter 148
» Voo PP-VLU da Varig - o retorno do comandante Gilberto


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