Varig Airlines Flight 837

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Varig Airlines Flight 837
Accident summary
Date 5 March 1967 (1967-03-05)
Summary Pilot error
Site Monrovia, Liberia
6°12′25″N 10°22′44″W / 6.207°N 10.37897°W / 6.207; -10.37897Coordinates: 6°12′25″N 10°22′44″W / 6.207°N 10.37897°W / 6.207; -10.37897
Passengers 71
Crew 19
Fatalities 51 + 5 ground fatalities
Survivors 39
Aircraft type Douglas Aircraft DC-8-33
Operator Varig
Registration PP-PEA
Flight origin Rome
Destination Monrovia

Varig Airlines Flight 837 was a flight from Fiumicino Airport, Rome, Italy to Roberts International Airport, Monrovia, Liberia. On 5 March 1967, due to pilot error, the flight crashed during approach to Runway 04 of Roberts International Airport.1 Of the 71 passengers and 19 crew on board, 50 passengers and the flight engineer perished. In addition, 5 people on the ground were also killed. The aircraft caught fire and was written off. This is the worst aviation accident in Liberia to this day.23

Investigators determined the probable cause of the crash to be "The failure of the pilot-in-command to arrest in time the fast descent at a low altitude upon which he had erroneously decided, instead of executing a missed approach when he found himself too high over the locator beacon."4


  1. ^ GI survives plane crash fatal to 56
  2. ^ "Liberia accident history at Aviation Safety Network". Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "Armadilha na aproximação". O rastro da bruxa: história da aviação comercial brasileira no século XX através dos seus acidentes 1928-1996 (in Portuguese) (2 ed.). Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS. pp. 249–255. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2. 
  4. ^ "Accident description at Aviation Safety Network". Retrieved 14 January 2010. 

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