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Last updated: 19 October 2019
Date:samedi 3 janvier 1987
Heure:ca 01:45
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-379C
Immatriculation: PP-VJK
Numéro de série: 19822/726
Année de Fabrication: 1968
Moteurs: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Equipage:victimes: 12 / à bord: 12
Passagers:victimes: 38 / à bord: 39
Total:victimes: 50 / à bord: 51
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:18 km (11.3 milles) NE of Abidjan-Felix Houphouet Boigny Airport (ABJ) (   Côte d'Ivoire)
Phase de vol: En approche (APR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:Abidjan-Felix Houphouet Boigny Airport (ABJ/DIAP), Côte d'Ivoire
Aéroport de destination:Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, RJ (GIG/SBGL), Brésil
Numéro de vol:RG797
Varig flight RG797 was a scheduled service from Abidjan, Ivory Coast, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The flight was carried out by a Boeing 707-379C, PP-VJK. This was to be the last flight in Varig service as the aircraft had been sold to the Brazilian Air Force.
On the flight to Abidjan there had been an indication of a fire in engine no.1. Air Afrique engineers at Abidjan concluded this was a false warning.
Some twenty minutes after takeoff on the return leg to Brazil, the engine no.1 fire warning again sounded. The captain decided to return Abidjan to have the engine checked out. The engineer then stated that the engine's fuel temperature was too high. It was decided to shut down the no.1 engine.
As the aircraft was descending towards Abidjan, the engineer stated that there was a fuel leak. As the flight progressed, it was cleared to land on runway 03, which was the shortest distance away for flight 797. Although it was a dark, moonless night, visibility was good. Nevertheless, the captain requested runway 21 for landing since this runway had ILS available for landing. This approach procedure called for a 270 degree left hand turn after passing the VOR. The crew choose to fly the turn with landing gear still retracted and without flaps and configure the aircraft for landing after completing the turn.
While in the turn the airspeed decreased to stall speed. The stall warning and bank angle alarms sounded. Without any visual cues outside, the captain lost spatial awareness. The aircraft had rolled 90 degrees to the left and entered a dive. It impacted thick trees of the equatorial forest and burst into flames.



photo of Boeing-707-379C-PP-VJK
accident date: 03-01-1987
type: Boeing 707-379C
registration: PP-VJK
photo of Boeing-707-379C-PP-VJK
accident date: 03-01-1987
type: Boeing 707-379C
registration: PP-VJK

Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Abidjan-Felix Houphouet Boigny Airport et Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, RJ est de 5264 km (3290 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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