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Last updated: 8 April 2020
Date:Tuesday 8 June 1982
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-212
Operator:VASP - Viação Aérea São Paulo
Registration: PP-SRK
C/n / msn: 21347/1282
First flight: 1977-07-23 (4 years 11 months)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 128 / Occupants: 128
Total:Fatalities: 137 / Occupants: 137
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sierra de Pacatuba, CE (   Brazil)
Crash site elevation: 762 m (2500 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, RJ (GIG/SBGL), Brazil
Destination airport:Fortaleza-Pinto Martins Airport, CE (FOR/SBFZ), Brazil
VASP Flight 168 departed São Paulo for a flight to Fortaleza, with an intermediate stop at Rio de Janeiro (GIG). The first leg of the flight was uneventful. As the flight approached Fortaleza, the crew were cleared to descend from their cruising altitude of FL330 to FL50 (5000 feet). In night-time conditions with the bright lights of the city in front, the captain descended below 5000 feet. Despite two altitude alert system warnings and the co-pilot's warning of the mountains ahead, the captain continued to descend below the minimum descend altitude. The Boeing then struck a wooded mountainside at 2500 feet.


Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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photo of Boeing-727-212-PP-SRK
accident date: 08-06-1982
type: Boeing 727-212
registration: PP-SRK

Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
23 JUL 1977 9V-SGA Singapore Airlines

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 Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, RJ to Fortaleza-Pinto Martins Airport, CE as the crow flies is 2169 km (1355 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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