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Accident description
Last updated: 11 December 2017
Date:Tuesday 30 January 1979
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
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane 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
Missing over the Pacific Ocean, some 30 minutes after takeoff from Tokyo. The aircraft carried 153 paintings, worth USD 1.24 mln.

The aircraft operated on a flight from Tokyo to Rio de Janeiro-Galećo International Airport, Brazil with en route stops at Los Angeles, USA and Lima, Peru.


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Distance from Tokyo-Narita Airport to Los Angeles International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 8696 km (5435 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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