Airplane Crash - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 06/09/1973

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Date06/09/1973
LocationRio de Janeiro, Brazil
OperatorVarig
TypeBoeing 707-327C
RegistrationPP-VLJ
Cn/In19106/502
Aboard4
Fatalities2
Ground0
SummaryThe cargo plane was making an instrument approach to Runway 14 with the speed brake lever at 45 degrees and inboard spoilers deactivated when it was noted that the spoiler switch cover was open. The captain or copilot then closed the spoiler switch cover and activated the inboard spoiler causing the aircraft to pitch down. The plane descended from a height of about 70 meters and struck approach lights.

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