Accident Boeing 707-323C PP-VLU, Tuesday 30 January 1979
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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
MSN: 19235/519
Year of manufacture:1966
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing, written off
Location:c 200km ENE off Tokyo, Japan -   Pacific Ocean
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Tokyo-Narita Airport (NRT/RJAA)
Destination airport:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX)
Varig flight 967 wen missing on the first leg of a cargo flight from Tokyo, Japan to Rio de Janeiro-Galeão 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


  • 67th worst accident in 1979
  • 32nd worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 19th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Milano-Malpensa Airport (MXP); August 1976

photo (c) Bob Garrard; Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA)

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