Accident McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 YV-C-AVD, Sunday 16 March 1969
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Date:Sunday 16 March 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
Registration: YV-C-AVD
MSN: 47243/448
Year of manufacture:1969
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7
Fatalities:Fatalities: 84 / Occupants: 84
Other fatalities:71
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Maracaibo -   Venezuela
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Maracaibo-Grano de Oro Airport (ORO/SVMO)
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA)
VIASA flight 742 was a scheduled service from Caracas (CCS) to Miami (MIA) via Maracaibo (MAR). Prior to departure from Maracaibo, the crew performed the calculations necessary for the takeoff configuration. Faulty temperature sensors along the runway caused the crew to end up with wrong performance data for the planned takeoff. The takeoff roll was longer than planned and the airplane barely climbed, striking powerlines at an approximate height of 150 ft (50 m) above the ground, then plunged into the La Trinidad section of the city. All 84 occupants and 71 people on the ground were killed.
This accident caused the closure of the old Grano de Oro Airport and the accelerated construction and opening of the new La Chinita Airport.


Aviation Disasters / D. Gero (p. 88)


  • worst accident in 1969
  • worst accident of this aircraft type
  • worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Long Beach Municipal Airport, CA (LGB); February 1969

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