Airplane Crash - Lajes, Azores, Portugal 09/03/1976

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Lajes, Azores, Portugal


Date09/03/1976
Time21:45
LocationLajes, Azores, Portugal
OperatorMilitary - Venezuelan Air Force
RouteCaracas - Praira da Vitoria
TypeLockheed C-130H
Registration7772
Cn/In4408
Aboard68
Fatalities68
Ground0
SummaryCrashed into a hill one mile short of the runway in heavy rain and wind while attempting to land at Lajes Air Base. Members of the Venezuelan choir Orfeon Universitario killed. The aircraft was not properly aligned with the runway as it made its approach. Weather conditions associated with hurricane Emmy was the primary factor in the accident.

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