Varig Flight 254

Varig Flight 254Sunday September 3, 1989
The aircraft ran out of fuel due to a navigation error and crashed into the jungle. The flight plan had showed the heading in tenths of a degree as 0270; the crew, entering whole degrees into the flight computer and entered 270 instead of 027. The flight from Maraba to Belem was supposed to last 45 minutes. When they could not find Belem after 45 minutes, they assumed they were still not far away and that there was some sort of instrument failure.The course was finally corrected but the plane ran out of fuel and crashed into the jungle.

Crash Details

DateSunday September 3, 1989
LocationNear Sao Jose do Xingu, Brazil
Passengers48
Crew6
Fatalities13
Survivors41
Aircraft TypeBoeing B-737-241
OperatorVarig
RegistrationPP-VMK
Flight OriginMaraba
Flight Destination Belem
Near Sao Jose do Xingu, Brazil
Varig
Boeing B-737-241
1989