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Accident description
Last updated: 18 July 2018
Date:Saturday 4 December 1982
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-323B
Operator:Global International Airways
Registration: N8434
C/n / msn: 20173/805
First flight: 1969
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 49
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 57
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Brasilia International Airport, DF (BSB) (   Brazil)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Brasília-Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport, DF (BSB/SBBR), Brazil
Destination airport:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America
The left main gear broke off when the aircaft struck ILS aerials on takeoff. The 707 was damaged beyond repair during the emergency landing.
The airplane operated on a charter flight to Los Angeles carrying journalists who had covered the visit of U.S. President Reagan to Brazil.
Local newspapers suggest there were 110 persons on board.


Forced landing on runway

» Folha de São Paulo 5-12-1982


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Distance from Brasília-Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport, DF to Los Angeles International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 9245 km (5778 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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