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Last updated: 26 January 2022
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 11 September 1974
Time:20:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic B721 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-41
Operator:Varig
Registration: PP-VLH
MSN: 20424/817
First flight: 1970-10-05 (3 years 11 months)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 76
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 84
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Recife International Airport, PE (REC) (   Brazil)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Natal Airport, RN (NAT/SBNT), Brazil
Destination airport:Recife International Airport, PE (REC/SBRF), Brazil
Narrative:
The aircraft landed long and fast (Vref +40 kts) in poor visibility and heavy rain conditions. The aircraft overran the runway.

Probable Cause:

Contriburing factors:
- Adverse meteorological conditions
- Deficient operation of the aircraft
- Deficient infrastructure

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: SIPAER
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 161 days (5 months)
Accident number: final report
Download report: Final report

Classification:
High speed landing
Runway excursion

Photos

photo of Boeing-727-41-PP-VLH
accident date: 11-09-1974
type: Boeing 727-41
registration: PP-VLH
photo of Boeing-727-41-PP-VLH
accident date: 11-09-1974
type: Boeing 727-41
registration: PP-VLH
photo of Boeing-727-41-PP-VLH
accident date: 11-09-1974
type: Boeing 727-41
registration: PP-VLH
photo of Boeing-727-41-PP-VLH
accident date: 11-09-1974
type: Boeing 727-41
registration: PP-VLH
photo of Boeing-727-41-PP-VLH
accident date: 11-09-1974
type: Boeing 727-41
registration: PP-VLH
 

Map
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 Natal Airport, RN to Recife International Airport, PE as the crow flies is 248 km (155 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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